The Pende are a ethnic tribe found in the South Western part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaire). They are known for their art which includes masks and sculptures used in their initiation rituals. The Munganji spirit dancer is the main attraction of a Pende tribal dance during these rituals. They are dressed in a traditional raffia netting costume covering the whole body and a mask with the intention of concealing their identity.
This miniture Munganji spirit dancer figuring is made of hand carved wood, raffia and natural pigments. Its made to trade and has no signifince to tribal rituals.
Material: Wood, raffia fibers, dyes
Measurements: 10.5" tall, 3" wide