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Masque facial Kwele Ekuk (N° 14492)

The African mask of the Kwele, framed by enveloping horns, is presented here in bichrome. The dark brown patina, almost laced, is highlighted by the white pigments of the kaolin.
Small erosions and shards of wood.
These masks of Gabon with a concave face, in the heart, have almond eyes and a triangular nose. Generally concealed, the mouth is here in the form of a notch giving a smiling appearance. Depending on the presence of horns and their arrangement, the masks are called pipibudze, Ekuku zokou, etc. and are associated with the ancestors or spirits of the forest, " ekuk ".Tribu of the Kota group, the Kwélé , Bakwélé , live in forest on the northern border of the Republic of Congo. They live on hunting, agriculture and metallurgy. Practicing the cult called Bwété borrowed from the Ngwyes, which was accompanied by obligatory initiation rites, they used at the end of the ceremonies the masks ekuk evoking the antelope whose horns meet in a loop under the chin. The blood of the antelope was also used in Kwélé for therapeutic purposes. They produce rare statues related to initiation rites  

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Originex-collection française
Height cm50
Width30 cm
Weight1.15 Kg
Estimated datingcontemporain
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