River God

Congo Zaire Wood Mask

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SKU: 73534
Salihu Ibrahim celebrates the art and spirituality of the Pende people, crafting this extraordinary vision of the Kasai River God. Ibrahim masterfully carves the mask from sese wood and adorns it with an array of colorful trade beads.

The Pende people live on the banks of the Kasai River in Zaire. Every time a river, stream or lake is purified, appreciation is shown to the god that inhabits the waters for its protection. Yearly and periodic rituals are therefore done to appease and thank the gods for their protection and longevity.

Please note this mask is crafted by hand without a previous sketch or mold. The beaded work may vary slightly in pattern and color in subsequent masks, therefore rendering each one unique and exclusive.
  • Sese wood
  • 6.39 lbs
  • 21.3 inches H x 9.5 inches W x 4.7 inches D
  • Made in Ghana

Meet the Artist

Salihu Ibrahim