French African tribal art collection.
Related to the Tsogho masks, this Pové, or Vuvi mask, offers an old velvety patina composed of pemba, kaolin from the banks of rivers or quarries in Gabon. Under the heart-shaped arches, long horizontal eyelids dominate the triangle of a short nose and a mouth revealing cut teeth. A light visor headdress contours the upper part of the face. This mask embodies the parent ancestor of the group.
Light matte patina, desication cracks, small accidents.
Support of a sacred power, the African mask Pové, among the diversity of Okandé masks, Membé, from the tribes of central Gabon, is carved by an initiate on the eve of ritual ceremonies. He embodies the primordial mythical ancestor of the tribe, Muhunzu. Currently, it manifests itself during the mourning of personalities or to exercise a form of pacifying justice.
Established in the Ogooué basin, the Okandé group of Membé language, neighbor of the Punu, Pounou, is composed of the Tsogho, Pové (Vuvi), Okandé, Evea, and Apindji ethnic groups. These ethnic groups practice the cult of Mwiri, a male initiation society.
Source: "Masks of Gabon", ed. Wakes.
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|Estimated dating||circa 1960|
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