Celebration of the Pende Mbuya

Painting – Artist Xea B. – Celebration of the Pende Mbuya


This fine painting expresses the joyfulness of the feasts given by the Pende on many occasions. A precise ritual is attached to each mask. First there is a song, music and lyrics, from which the composer will create a costume. Then he will present the whole to the sculptor who will be inspired to create the exact character. Then will come the choregraphy. All elements set together become a living entity.

The Bapende (Ba for plural) are a people of Central Africa, in this province of Bandundu and Kasai Occidental in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the territories of Idiofa, and of Gungu (Tshikapa). They are known for and their masks and dances. The Pende came from Angola by Lukala river, tributary of the Kwanza. They divided into two groups. Western Pende settled on both sides of Kwilu in the territory of Gungu. The Eastern Pende inhabit the banks of the Kasai downstream Tshikapa.


Painting Pende Mbuya Xea Painting Pende Mbuya Xea

“Celebration of the Pende Mbuya” © Xea B. 2013/2014

This fine painting expresses the joyfulness of the feasts given by the Pende on many occasions.
Original painting with certificate.
Signed on the back. Material: Oil on linen canvas
Chassis 65 x 100 cm / 25.59 x 39.37 inches


The paintings are framed for presentation only. Those frames are carefully chosen according to the character of each painting, as a suggestion. Yet the paintings will be sent unframed. We will gladly help you, if needed, to choose the frame according to your choice of decoration and style.

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7 comments… add one
  • Roberto May 15, 2014 @ 3:21

    Impressive… strong expressiveness and beautiful tones.

    • Xea B May 15, 2014 @ 11:45

      We will present the original piece in our collection as it is a quite inspiring model. Thank you Roberto:)

  • Christy B Mar 31, 2018 @ 18:58

    Xea! This one is bold and beautiful! Well done!

    • Xea B Mar 31, 2018 @ 20:31

      Cool, Christy! I am thrilled you like my painting, Thank you!

      • Christy B Apr 10, 2018 @ 6:09

        Oh yes, I appreciate all of the creations here, Xea! I hope your week is off to a nice start 🙂

        • Xea B Apr 10, 2018 @ 10:48

          This is really sweet of you, Christy, thank you so much! New pieces to come up soon…

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