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Pende cups are used in Africa to drink palm wine or locally brewed beer from plain or elaborately decorated cups that replicate the facial features found on wooden masks that represented behaviors to emulate or avoid. The face on this cup is carved in the form of a standing figure with its hands resting on either side of its torso or face.

Culture and Traditions

Phende people, are an ethnic group in the south-western Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Pende are divided into two cultural groups: the Eastern Pende and the Western Pende who are distinct but consider themselves part of the same ethnic group.

Donation Details

Michael J. Wasserman donated in the year 2000.


The Appraised Amount is $2,700.00

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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