Original accompanying Léon de Sousberghe caption reads, " Masque Giphogo." Translated original accompanying caption reads, " Giphogo mask."
For Eastern Pende, if the mask Pumbu depicts the courage that the chief must sometimes muster to address life-and-death issues, its pendant mask, the beloved Kipoko, represents everything warm and nurturing about the chief's role. Every chief of every degree has the right to Kipoko. Typically, sculptors exaggerate the mask's eyes, nose, and ears, but render the mouth diminutive or nonexistent. Thus they convey that the chief should benefit from a kind of sensory hyperactivity in order to know everything that is happening in his village.
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