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The African mask is without question and with force, what it represents, what it embodies. It can be an ancestor, a spirit, etc. .... This is the reason why African masks are treated like humans, they are fed with offerings, they have personal sanctuaries. Most African masks are made to dance. Fang, Punu, Baule, Lega, monochrome or polychrome, zoomorphic, anthropomorphic or even hybrid, coated with kaolin, raw or with a sacrificial patina, they are linked to ritual cults, with various functions (agriculture, initiation, funerals, enthronement etc...). Some have a social, legal, police or peacemaking role.


Mangbetu mask
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African mask of the Mangbetu, whose ears wear rings. Orange oiled wood. erosions.
Height on base: 50 cm.
The geometric patterns evoke the body paintings and tribal scarifications of the Mangbetu, similar to those of the Asua pygmies with whom the tribe had relations. These varied according to the circumstances. The fan hairstyle was worn by the Mangbetu: from an early age, children suffered compression of the cranium by means of raffia ties. Later, the Mangbetu would "knit" their hair on wicker strands and apply a headband to the forehead in order to extract the hair and produce that particular headdress which accentuates the elongation of the head. The ancients call beli the sculptures of ancestors stored out of sight and comparable to those belonging to their secret ...


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Songye Mask
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African mask offering a spherical head separated by large eyelids from the narrow plane of the cheeks. The streaks are printed here in alternating directions, reinforcing the volumes. The term Kifwebe designates the mask, the society of masks, and the wearer of the mask belonging to the male secret society bwadi bwa kifwebe which ensured the social control. Matt patina. Small chips and cracks.
In the 16th century, the Songyes migrated from the Shaba region to settle on the left bank of the Lualaba, in Katanga and Kasaï. Very present in their society, divination made it possible to discover sorcerers and to shed light on the causes of the misfortunes that struck individuals. The masked performances of male masks provided an opportunity to carry out punitive expeditions and ...


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Baoule Mask
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The Baoulé in African art.
This entertaining African mask is surmounted by braids gathered in shells like a tiara. The eyelids are coated with white pigments. The face is bordered by a trim with geometric patterns and extended by an outgrowth evoking a beard. Traditional raised scars are called ngole. . Object carved in dense wood. Brown, black and reddish brown patina, kaolin highlights.

Baoulé masks correspond to three types of dance: the gba gba, for the funeral of women, the bonu amuen for the commemoration of the dead of notables and the goli for various events. These masks which do not represent ancestors but sometimes young teenagers are worn by men. It is in order to reconcile the favors of the "amwin" spirits, providers of prosperity, health or even security, ...


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Igbo mask
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African art and the spectacular crest masks of the Igbo ethnic group.
African Igbo Mask Agbogo Mmwo offering classic criteria glorifying youth and beauty according to traditional Igbo design. The high headdress is made up of openwork discs mixed with braids and animal figures.
The white color of the mask relates to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Abraded matte patina, subtle polychrome, desiccation cracks.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to combine a deep sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of belonging to the group. Their political system is complex and little known. The village is the most important social unit, the smallest being the extended family. Each ...


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Lega mask
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This African mask is used during the initiation rites of the Bwami society. This is open to both men and women. The passage of a rank indicated the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality. Abraded two-tone patina. Residues of kaolin. Missing on the contours.
Within the Lega, the Bwami society open to men and women,organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda during the seventeenth century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. Also known as Warega, they live in self-contained villages surrounded by palisades, usually on hilltops. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. ...


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Makonde mask
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African face mask Makonde associated with an ancestral spirit. This sculpture is characterized by a deeply sunken look highlighting the relief of the cheekbones and the ears placed in height. The hairstyle forms a double crest. A labret deforms the upper lip. Dark satin patina.
Height on base: 37 cm.

The Makonde of northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania wore helmet masks called lipiko during initiation ceremonies for young people. The Makonde venerate an ancestor, which explains the abundance of naturalistic female statuary. Besides the face masks worn during mapiko dances and ngoma ceremonies that educate young people about the demands of marriage and family life. the Makonde also produce body masks featuring the female bust. For the Makonde, the ancestors would return ...


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Salampasu Mask
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A softened version of the Mukinka mask of the Salampasu, this two-tone mask linked to the society of warriors was exhibited at funerals in connection with the previous initiations of the deceased. He also participated in the initiation rites. Some of these masks were so feared that their name alone scared away women and children. Matte patina.
Living from hunting and agriculture, warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai River. They are surrounded to the west and south by the Tschokwe and the Lunda, and to the north and east by the Kete and the Lwalwa. A hierarchy of masks, simple wooden kasangu masks and copper-covered mukinka masks, was associated with the society of ...


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Ngombe Mask
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African mask circular and shallow, sporting ample bleached orbits in the center of a face streaked with linear scarifications. The animal fur goatee and exposed teeth evoke an unpredictable character. A textile and raffia hood is attached to the top of the mask. Velvety two-tone patina.
In the north-west of Zaire, south of Oubangui, on the banks of the Lualaba, live the 120,000 Ngombe of the Bantu language, led by a chief and a warrior society Elombe. Their neighbors are the Ngbandi and the Ngbaka whose statuary has had an influence on their tribal sculpture, and various banda groups. Their geometric-looking masks, the uses of which are poorly documented, would occur during the rites of the mani society. They also produce protective hunting fetishes and prestige objects ...


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Teke mask
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The pictograms of the African masks Téké of Gabon insist on oppositions symbolizing the duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications. It is a plank mask that the wearer held between the teeth using a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to attach feathers and fibers which perfected the harmony of the costume. Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male kidumu brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. They appear more ...


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Zamble mask
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br>Banned, the masks of the Gyé society, or Dyé, could not be seen by women. This African mask, a sacred mask embodying a nature spirit combining animal elements evoking the leopard and the antelope, is the Zamblé, a mythical male hero. His colors are now faded.
Height on base: 54 cm.
Among the Mande group in the south, central Ivory Coast, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized into lineages, and are the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed many features from their African tribal art creations. Animists, they have used since the 1950s a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance. Indeed like the African Goli masks of the Baule, the Guro mask set, relating to the genies of nature, comes in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third ...


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Lega Mask
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Bwami initiation mask, indicating the acquisition of a certain individual wisdom and morality. Relatively large, this mask bears a chipped gray patina, revealing in places patterns evoking the scarifications in use.
Losses, abrasions.
Within the Léga established on the west bank of the Lualaba River, in the DRC, the Bwami society, open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. The role of chief, kindi, is held by the oldest man in the clan, who must be the highest ranking. As in other forest tribes, men hunt and clear while women cultivate cassava. Social recognition and authority also had to be earned individually: the chief owed his selection to his heart (mutima), good character, ...


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Lumbu mask
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Collectie Afrikaanse kunst Jauregui.
Compositioneel werk met elementen van het Kongo-Lumbu-type. Een zekere sereniteit kenmerkt de Afrikaanse maskers van Gabon. Fluweelachtige matte patina, erosies.

Dit type masker verscheen tijdens de Okuyi-dans en de culten gewijd aan de voorouders, rituele praktijken die met de Punu werden gedeeld. Binnen de groep genaamd Shira, vestigde de Lumbu Loumbu, Balumbu, van Bantoe-oorsprong en afkomstig uit het Congo-koninkrijk, zich aan de kust van Gabon en in de Republiek Congo, in het midden Ogooue. Ze bewaren de beenderen van hun voorouders in reliekschrijnmanden versierd met beeldjes en andere prestigieuze voorwerpen.
Onder de Lumbu is de boyo een lokaal equivalent van de mwiri: hij was verantwoordelijk voor het handhaven ...


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Warka mask
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Carved in dense wood, this mask with an ample crest crest is extended by a face with a long rectangular nose. Unusual, long horsehair eyelashes veil the look. The reduced mouth forms a slight pout in the tip of the chin. Decorative metal elements are one of the specificities of marka sculptures. Grainy matte patina, golden brown.
In African art, the Marka , Maraka in Bamana, Warka, or Sarakolé, are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, established in southern Niger, scattered since the end of the Ghana Empire in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal . They now speak Bamana and have adopted many of the Bambara traditions, such as the Ntomo and the Koré, initiation societies that used masks during their ceremonies. The Bambara and Marka African art sculptors are part of the ...


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Kuba mask
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Called Ishyeenmaal , Ishendemale or even Pwoom itok , this African mask Kuba/Bushoong has conical projecting pupils evoking those of the chameleon. The cut of the hairstyle was that of Kuba women. The mask features a matte patina. Abrasions and erosions.
Height on base: 36 cm.
The most prolific group of African art from Western Kasai, the Kuba, or lightning people, developed their art around the royal person. This prestigious culture was made famous by its masks, including the large royal masks, very elaborate objects of power used as currency between groups. Also famous are their Ndop royal statuettes and the "velvets of Kasai". Over twenty types of masks are used, with meanings and functions that vary from group to group. Ritual ceremonies were an opportunity to exhibit ...


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Bamana Crest
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It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. The latter remember the myth through crest masks, of which this example forms a rare abstract version from the Sikasso region, accompanied by stylized zoomorphic figures. The narrow structure is flat, openwork, bringing together geometric patterns and animal heads.
Velvety matte patina, abrasions, desication cracks.
Established in central and southern Mali, the Bambara , Bamana" or "unbelievers ", as the Muslims have called them, belong to the large Mande group, along with the Soninke and the Malinke. Worn at the top of the head and held in place by a basketry hat, the crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tòn, an association dedicated to ...


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Mbole
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The African mask Mbole comes into play during the funeral of Lilwa dignitaries or is used by the blacksmith during circumcision rituals. The eyes and mouth are cut into the flat surface, the forehead and nose forming a slight relief. Polychrome matte patina.
Height on base: 44 cm.
The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men, named ofika. The lilwa, an association with dogmatic initiation rites, used to judge and sentence to hanging those guilty of breaches of the imposed rules, which however remained exceptional. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa. Dishonored, the bodies of the condemned ...


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Kela Mask
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The features of this Kela, Yela mask are concentrated in the lower half of a face in which the ample rounded volume of the forehead stands out. Wide colored grooves enhance the curves. Narrow crinkled eyes and a thin mouth contrast with a strong hooked nose. Polychrome matte patina. Desication erosions and cracks.

The province of Lualaba had several close ethnic groups with similar associations. The Mbole and the Yela, Kela, are known for their statues embodying, according to D. Biebuck, hanged men, named ofika. The lilwa , an association with dogmatic initiation rites, used to judge and condemn to hanging those guilty of breaches of the imposed rules. These offenses ranged from murder to adultery to breaking the secrecy surrounding the lilwa. Dishonored, the bodies of the ...


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Wé Mask
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The Wé sculpt African masks that are the result of interlocking stylistic forms. The Dan , in the north, and the Wé in the south (group Krou including the Guéré , the Wobé of the northeast and the Wé of Liberia called Kran or Khran), made use of frequent borrowings due to their proximity. The elements of the bush, in this case references to the pachyderm, are associated with human traits marking the duality of the divine. Before the 1960s, the masks, whose elaboration was inspired by the visits of the spirits during dreams, accompanied most activities such as war, dancing, singing, hunting. Each of these masks had a name associated with its function. It remained the property of the dancer's lineage. This mask would embody a formidable spirit, a supernatural power, that of the ...


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Guro Mask
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The Bété form a people established on the left bank of the Sassandra River southwest of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and Niabwa , the invoice of their masks, as well as their function, have great similarities. These masks introduced by the Niabwa were carved with the aim of provoking psychological conditions conducive to rituals. Each of them had a secret name and materialized the powers of the forest.  At the disposal of the chief, they were exhibited during funeral ceremonies or on the occasion of the great feasts of meetings between several villages. According to Koré, in Côte d'Ivoire's Living Masks", Bété masks include two types: the tohourou and the dancer mask glé . The piece offers a broad front that a scarification divides ...


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Bete Mask
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It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla populations Wobé and Guéré, together called Wé or "men who easily forgive".This naturalistic mask, from the central-western region of Côte d'Ivoire on the border of the dida country, is carved from heavy wood. It has a high ovoid forehead, seat of wisdom and reflection, which a middle ridge highlighted by brass nails divides. The hairstyle separated in three is raised with kaolin. The protruding, half-closed palpebral slits are surrounded by parallel scarifications. The mouth is ajar. An outgrowth forming collar, lined with interlacing pearls and a raffia beard, borders the lower part. Abraded satin skate. Remains of white pigments. Height: 62 cm with raffia.
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Bete mask
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It is mainly in the west of Ivory Coast that the Bété employ masks whose style has been influenced by the society of the Gla masks of the Wobe and Guéré populations, together called Wé or "men who forgive easily" . This beautiful naturalistic mask, from the west-central region of Côte d'Ivoire on the border of Dida country, is carved in a heavy wood. It has a high ovoid front, seat of wisdom and reflection, a median ridge highlighted with brass nails divides. The hairstyle separated in three is lined with animal skin. The palpebral fissures prominent, half-closed, are surrounded by parallel scarifications. In the slightly prognathic chin appears an open mouth on incised teeth. A frustum forming a collar garnishes the base. Orifices on the perimeter served to fix the raffia set that ...


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