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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.


Bamileke Face Mask
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The African art of the Bangwa, sub-ethnic Bamileke, in the African art of the Grasslands of Cameroon
Residual inlays of "Pe" , a mixture of palm oil and paduk wood, blood-red wood some of which are smeared during the ceremonies of rejoicing, and which, after being grated, is kept in carved wooden containers, alternate with a crusty matte patina. Protruding features make up an expressive appearance, characteristic of the Bangwa village. Indigenous repair. The Bamoun live in an area that is both full of wooded reliefs but also savannahs. This large territory called Grassland in southwestern Cameroon is also home to other close ethnic groups such as the Bamiléké and Tikar. Stylistically, one feels the influence of this interethnic promixmity by common traits on the pieces of art, such ...


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Crest Jukun Mask
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Ex-collection Belgian African art.

Due to the expansion of the former Jukun Empire, the Jukun or Wurbo of Nigeria split into two groups: one established south of the Donga River and the second north of the region near Mumuye. and Wurkum. The attacks of the Chamba first, then of the Fulani, contributed to the extinction of this kingdom. Their king Aka uku, considered semi-diviner, is also their intermediary with the royal ancestors, through rituals including the sacrifice of the king in case of plague or bad harvest. The southern Jukun have a tradition of masks, including the akuma male mask associated with the cult of the same name and of which four types were listed by A.Rubin. They are often endowed with horns evoking the ram or the antelope, in connection with the cult ...


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Wurkun/ jukun/ Kutep horizontal crescent mask
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African art in the Benoué Valley, tributary of the Niger River


Due to the expansion of the former Jukun Empire, the Jukun or Wurbo of Nigeria split into two groups: one established south of the Donga River and the second north of the region near Mumuye. and Wurkum. The attacks of the Chamba first, then of the Fulani, contributed to the extinction of this kingdom. Their king Aka uku, considered semi-diviner, is also their intermediary with the royal ancestors, through rituals including the sacrifice of the king in case of plague or bad harvest. The southern Jukun have a tradition of masks, including the akuma male mask associated with the cult of the same name and of which four types were listed by A.Rubin. Statues are rare, and belong to the widespread cult of mam in ...

Gurunsi zoomorphic Mask
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"African art and gurunsi zoomorphic figures African Gurunsi masks are famous in African art for their extremely stylized zoomorphic representations.

They are decorated with geometric patterns usually contrasted with kaolin and other pigments. This copy would be a lion mask surmounted by a female figure in a prayer position. Its surface bears traces of kaolin and reddish pigments. These globular-eyed masks, depicting bush spirits, came out during ritual dances and were worn by members of the village equipped with integral plant fiber garments that covered the body. The ritual was to bring fertility and prosperity to the village, provided it was properly performed. These masks were also used during funeral ceremonies of notables, to celebrate the passage of initiatory grades ...


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 Dogon Kanaga Mask
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Two-color copy of Kanak African Masque Dogon

In funerary rites, the members of Awa society, dance with the masks on the roof of the house of the dead, to lead his soul (nyama) to his eternal rest and to defend the living The Kanaga mask is also used to protect the hunters from the vengeance of the prey that it has killed. This copy is designed according to a recurrent structure: a horizontal central plank, whose bottom in this case forms an anthropomorphic mask and zoomorphic to the rectangular lines, with "arms" attached by leather ties, and the ends pointing upwards.The conical mouth recalls the beak of a bird.Prior to the funeral or at the levees of mourning, many copies almost all identical, appear on the dance floor, having circulated in the alleys of the ...


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Toma/Loma Bakrogui  Mask
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Ex-collection French African art.

The Toma of Guinea, called Loma in Liberia, live in the forest, at altitude, they are famous for their masks-landais boards intended to animate the initiatory rites of the association poro, and The feminine bundu society uses rare statuettes of the same name for apotropaic and divinatory purposes, but there are less bulky masks derived from Sudanese art, such as bakrogui. , which occurs in pairs. Only members of the Poro can contemplate. On the type of masks-planks shallow, this heavy copy, facies endorsement, has two horns at the top framing a triangular appendix. Ornamental friezes are noted with white and blue pigments, nails mark the brow line, and a raffia weave forms a thin band. Globular eyelids, two orifices for vision. Mirrors, also ...


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Buyu Basikasingo Mask
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African art among the Buyu.

Migration flows have mixed Bembe, Lega, Buyu (Buye) or Boyo, Binji and Bangubangu within the same territories, while the Basikasingo, considered by some to be a Buyu sub-clan, are not Bembuyck's work has been traced back to their history, organized in lineages, borrowed from the Lega Bwami association, the Bembe and Boyo traditions are relatively similar, and they revere the spirits of nature. water specifically among the Boyo, but also the heroic ancestors, whose will is sought by means of divination rites.Hunting is also an opportunity to make sacrifices of gratitude to the entities that have been begged for favor and protection Their masks are rare and their function little documented.This face with angular cheeks framed by a crenellated beard ...


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 Kuba Moshambwooy Mask
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Ex Belgian art collection.

Although there are many stylistic variations of the African Moshambwooy mask, the most prominent features of it are invariably the stripped face but especially a headdress made of human hair and the intensive use of cowrie shells. More than twenty types of masks are used among Kuba, with meanings and functions that vary from one group to another. Three types of masks have been associated with dances that take place in the royal enclosure: the first, called Moshambwooy, represents Woot, the founder of the Bushoong, the hero of the culture. The second, known as Nady Amwaash (Ngaady Un Mwash), embodies the wife / sister of Woot, a character allegedly introduced to give more prominence to the role of women. The third mask is called Bwoom. As a ...


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Ambete anthropomorphic forge bead
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Ex-collection French African art.
Two buckets covered with animal skin, which are firmly held by braided raffia ties, and each lined with a handful of wood, extend with a nozzle ending with a metal tip. The stylized head, with a two-tone patina, has two side panels framing a flat face. At the mouth, two appendages form a strange mustache. As the object is laid flat, the rear surface has characteristic erosions. According to an ancestral technique, these suffocators maintained the fire permanently for a few days. The apprentice blacksmiths were introduced by the elders to the sexual symbolism of the forge bellows. Beautiful patina of use. Controlled xylophageal attacks. It is at the border of Middle Congo and Gabon that the Mbété , Ambété , who claim a Kota.Brazza origin discovered ...


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Igbo Agbogo Mwo mask
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Ex Belgian African art collection.
This African mask has been restored by its former owner.
A voluminous top cap, known as "corking" develops on this African Igbo Agbogo Mmwo mask. The sculpture in this case submits to the traditional conventions glorifying youth and beauty, with narrow slits for the eyes, the face coated with white , the scarifications in checkerboard or ornamental pellets. The white color of the mask refers to ancestral spirits, as these masks frequently accompany the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means "spirit of the dead." A polychromy composed of blue, red and white adorns the object. The Igbo live in the forest in southeast Nigeria. They have managed to combine a strong sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of group belonging. ...


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Kanaga Dogon Mask
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"African art among the Dogon In funeral rites, the members of Awa society, dance with the masks on the roof of the house of the dead, to lead his soul (nyama) to his eternal rest and to defend the living. Kanaga is also used to protect the hunters from the vengeance of the prey that he has killed.This copy is designed according to a recurrent structure: a horizontal central plank, whose bottom in this case forms an anthropomorphic mask and zoomorphic to the Rectangular features, with " double arms " securely fastened with leather straps, with ends pointing upwards and downwards Geometric patterns of a dark brown vegetable dye are applied on its surface, cutting edge with the raw wood with libatory vestiges The conical mouth is reminiscent of a bird's beak Rough surface, natural crustal ...


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Dogon Mask
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African art in Mali
Masque board around topped with a crenellation of hollowed-out triangles, the top of which is evocative in two elements, this piece of African tribal art illustrates the dogon cosmogony by the six figures carved in high relief that appear there. These stylized characters illustrate the Namo , mythical beings at the origin of creation. The zigzag friezes bordered horizontally would be symbols in relation to the movement of water. Natural matte and brown patina, eroded wood, stopped xylophageal attacks.
The Dogon are a people renowned for their cosmogony, their esotericism, their myths and legends. Their population is estimated at about 300,000 souls living southwest of the Niger Loop in mali's Mopti region (Bandiagara, Koro, Banka), near Douentza and part of ...


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Ijo mask
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Ijo masks feature creatures born of the imagination usually related to aquatic life.
In fact, the Ijos living mainly from fishing and agriculture, and their small villages located in swampy areas west of the Nun River, their cosmogony naturally centered around this environment. References to their warrior past abound in reliquaries, rituals and masked celebrations.
Their masks and other artistic productions are intended to honor aquatic spirits, otojo, which they venerate and to whom sacrifices were intended. Fishermen had to be careful not to offend these spirits or they could kill their wrath by means of the various dangerous animal species in the area, such as hippos, crocodiles or pythons. The Ijo believe that spirits and humans come from the same place called Wonyinghibou ...


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Pair of shoulder masks Sukwava Wurkum
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Ex Belgian private collection of African art J. Putteneers.

The Wurkum, like the Mumuye, have shoulder masks called Skuwava with an elongated neck topped by a head, sometimes miniaturized. Wurkum pieces are nevertheless more expressive than Mumuye pieces.
These imposing masks were traditionally worn during war preparation ceremonies but are now linked to healing and rain rituals.
These uncommon pieces come from the northern regions of the Benue Valley. The patina is smooth in coffee tones.


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Guéré Mask
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Ex Belgian private collection of African art Edouard Bonhomme.
Very similar to the Bété masks, this Guéré mask is very stylized and has elements worn in projection.
The tubular eyes are strongly detached from the face as are the mouth and two small horns. The pointed ears are covered with kaolin. The forehead is rounded. Exhibited during funeral ceremonies, these "detective" masks are intended to point out the culprits.
The Guéré are an ethnic group from a forested region along the western border of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of a larger Wé tribe that also includes the Wobé ethnic group with whom the Guéré share many customs and beliefs.


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