Peoples & Societies


Related to the Pende peoples, the Mbala have been present in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since the 17th century. Two hundred thousand Mbala are agriculturalist who live in villages ruled by chiefs. They weave baskets, carve figures in wood, and, if rarely, produce masks. A red pigment (tukula) is used to color sculpted figures in a variety of forms.

Excerpt from

Roslyn A. Walker, The Arts of Africa at the Dallas Museum of Art (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009), 303.

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