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PENDE MASK, MBANGU Democratic Republic of Congo Wood 9 in. (23 cm.) high, not including stand
Antonio Casanovas, Madrid
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Orígenes, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, 2005. The mask is illustrated in the exhibition catalogue under fig.131.

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We can compare this mask to another related mask published in Primitivism in 20th Century Art (Rubin, W. (dir.), Verona, 1987, French edition: p.264) in the Tervuren Museum collection (Belgium). Rubin relates this mask to a woman's face painted by Picasso in Les Demoiselles D'Avignon (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), both demonstrating an extraordinarily original reconfiguration of the human face.

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