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Chamba mask (N° 22696)

The Nam Gbalang or Lang Badna mask is a powerful symbol associated with the Vara cult dedicated to a protective genius.

It appears during the Kaa festival rites of passage and at high-grade funerals.
It is likened to the buffalo; it represents the wild spirit of the bush with all its powers and its dangerousness.
According to some, this mask represents a queen whose chamba line claims descent from the forest buffalo.
The rounded dome of the mask symbolically represents the idea of ​​death as it depicts a skull, a relic taken from the tomb of an elder.

The other characteristics are related to the wild world of nature, thus the mouth symbolizes the jaws of the crocodile, while the horns are those of the forest buffalo.
The Nam Gbalang mask is danced with a costume made of raffia which completely covers the body of the man who wears it. This copy is accessorized with a leather sheath, fixed to the openings of the contours, extended with long straps.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)wood, peau animale
Height cm64
Depth23 cm
Width22 cm
Weight3.45 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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