Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, West Kasai Province
11 1/2 in. x 10 in. (29.21 cm x 25.4 cm)
Pende peoples, Eastern group
Wood with traces of black, red and white pigment, fiber cord
Committee for Art Acquisitions Fund
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Used in the West for sets of health beliefs and practices that developed within the culture of a particular ethnic or geographic group of people, distinct from modern Western medicine; commonly includes herbal and homeopathic remedies, religious or spiritual ritual, and an holistic approach to patients. [February 1996 descriptor added.]
Ceremonies formally admitting someone into a community, organization, or other group, or investing them with a particular role or status. [January 1996 lead-in terms added. September 1993 scope note added; lead-in terms added; descriptor moved; related terms added. May 1991 alternate term added.]
Coverings for all or part of the face, usually with openings for the eyes and sometimes the mouth; worn to hide or alter the identity of the wearer or for protection.
Use for masks that enclose the head entirely or in part, especially those worn during African ceremonies and masquerades. [July 1998 descriptor added.]
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