This is an African dancing mask called the Pende Pumbu mask. It is reserved for the chief of a tribe and is only danced in times of illness or other hardships. It is the chiefs way of asserting his dominance.
Africa | Pende Pumbu chief's mask | Of the three masks belonging to the chiefly regalia of the Eastern Pende people, Pumbu is deemed the most dangerous and is reserved for only the most powerful chiefs. The Pumbu, unlike the majority of other masks, is only danced on special occasions such as when the chief is seriously ill, in times of illness or famine, when other issues are causing disruption in the community or when the chief feels threatened.
Hamill Gallery of Tribal Art
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White eyes represent anger and to induce fear among those who look at it.
Mask from the Pende people of DR Congo. Wood and pigment.
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