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The African mask is unquestionably and forcefully what it represents, what it embodies. It can be an ancestor, a spirit, etc .... Reason why African masks are treated like humans, they are nourished by offerings, they have personal sanctuaries. Most African masks are made to dance. Fang, Punu, Baoule, Lega, monochrome or polychrome, zoomorphic, anthropomorphic or even hybrid, coated with kaolin, rough or with a sacrificial patina, they are linked to ritual cults, with various functions (agriculture, initiation, funeral , enthronement etc ...) Some have a social role, legal, police, or peacemaker.


Grand Mask Luluwa, Lulua
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The Lulua, or Béna Lulua from West Africa, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their caste-based social structure is similar to that of the Luba. They produced few masks, but especially statues of ancestors representing the ideal warrior, mulalenga wa nkashaama, as well as the head of the Leopard Society and statuettes mbulenga related to the spirits of nature. Despite Kalamba Mukwenge's attempt at the end of the 19th century to eradicate traditional cults by using autodafés, the religious system was maintained, such as the fertility cult tshibola. The Luluwa's distinctive eye-watering face is accompanied by the warrior's headdress and a sculpted beard divided into five braids. Curvilinear and keloid patterns in lozenges alternate on the surface. Light abrasions, red ...


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Punu mask of Okuyi dance
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Refinement of Gabon's white African masks in a contemporary version.
This African mask features coffee bean eyelids, a narrow mouth with protruding lips, and scarification patterns, in nine scales, 'mabinda', are inscribed on the forehead and temples; a thick raffia trim, embellished with cursings and colorful pearl necklaces, highlights the contours. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A basket helmet, covered with canvas, extends the double top shell at the back.
The okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts agitated in order to invoke the spirit of a deceased with a mask depicting a beautiful young woman.
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Luba Kifwebe Mask
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However, this rounded mask with similarities to the Songye masks did not have the same function. This category of rather rare African masks are named "bifwebe". They appeared at funerals and investitures. They performed during the ritual ceremonies of the society kazanzi , charged with fighting witchcraft. According to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "Bifwebe" (Sing.: kifwebe) would mean, according to C. Faïk-Nzuji, "ching death". Worn with a voluminous raffia collar that concealed the dancer, this mask was usually danced in the company of a zoomorphic mask. In the Luba, white is synonymous with the relationship with the spiritual world, by the evocation of the moon evoked by the circular shape of the object. The globular eyelids are hollowed out, like the nostrils and mouth. Parallel stripes are ...


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Teke Mask - Tsaayi Kidumu
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Only the Tsaayi, among Gabon's Téké subgroups, produced wooden masks as early as the mid-19th century. They were used by members of the secret male brotherhood kidumu (the kidumu is the name of society, dance, and mask), dances at the funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. Since Congo's independence, they have appeared more and more at the celebrations of rejoicing. This sculpture using the plank mask is not fitted with eye perforations and could be a box mask.
The pictograms of the Téke masks emphasize oppositions symbolizing duality in the universe: circular, they are divided horizontally by a band and their surface is decorated with geometric patterns painted with white, red, black or ochre pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these ...


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Bena Lulua polychrome mask
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This frontal crest-capped African face mask adopts the canons of traditional statuary, as well as curvilinear motifs associated with ethnic scarifications. According to Rik Ceyssens in Congo Masks (p.156 . . . M.L.Félix) and as evidenced by the sketches of H.M.Lemme who accompanied Frobenius on his travels in Congo, this model of loop scarifications was then widespread in various Luluwa subgroups in 1905. The Bakwa also had this type of tribal scar. A handle was to make it easier to use. These masks are used during circumcision rites and at the funerals of notables. Abrasions of the matte patina.
The Lulua, or Béna Lulua from West Africa, settled in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their caste-based social structure is similar ...


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Masque facial Igbo Agbogo Mmwo polychrome
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This Igbo African mask called Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria glorifies youth and beauty, thanks to narrow slits for the eyes, a face with sharp features coated in white, traditionally pointed teeth, scarifications and tattoos. The headdress is made up of large braids. Chipped kaolin patina, abrasions. The white color of the gbo-gho-mmwo body refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means 'spirit of the dead', especially of young girls, although it is worn by young men in order to honor the spirit of the earth.
The Igbo live in the forest in southeastern Nigeria. They managed to associate a deep sense of individuality with an equally strong sense of belonging to the group. Their political ...


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Dogon Satimbé Mask
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This African, facial mask, with a crest in the form of a female statue, is only part of the mask: for the Dogon, the whole mask consists not only of the wooden element to conceal the face of the dancer but also of the costume of accompanying fibers. Locally matte polychromy flaked
. The female figure at the top, Ya Sigine , whose arms are articulated, would embody the mythical ancestor who allegedly stole the masks from supernatural beings, making captive an old Albarga initiated to the secrets of masks. The woman initiated at the Ya Sigine is since then the only woman who can participate in dogon rituals and benefit from a masked funeral. More than eighty types of African masks are listed among the Dogon, the best known of which are the Kanaga , Sirigé, Satimbé, Walu. Most of ...


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Guro Mask, gouro
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Among the group of Mande from the south, in the centre of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in bloodcuts, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics of their creations. Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the Zaouli dance since the 1950s . Like the African Goli masks of the Baoulé, all Guro masks, related to the geniuses of nature, come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, which is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . These masks are the property of families who worship the ancestors of blood-lurking, who make ritual and sacrificial use of them in order to attract divine blessings. Priest and soothsayer share the predominant ritual ...


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Bundu Mask - Sowei Mende
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In African art, sowei form an idealized representation of female beauty through Mende culture. They embody aquatic spirits. This cephalomorphic mask forms a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important in the Mendes. The face has a high bulging forehead forming the top half. The features are concentrated tightly in the lower part, which is engulfed in a neck where the folds symbolizing prosperity appear an abundance of flesh. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Semi-saturated patien, grainy residual inlays, erosions, slight cracks of desication.br-The cultures Mende, Vaï and Gola, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west coast of Guinea, are known in African art for masks and especially those of the women's initiation society Sandé ...


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Pende Mbangu Mask
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African 'disease' masks Pende Mbangu (deformed mouth) or Bwala-Bwala , illustrate, by their outraged features, the patient in an epileptic seizure or the result of facial paralysis caused by witchcraft rituals. The dancer wearing this comedy mask is wearing a feather hat gifuatu guinea fowl, coucal or touraco, or lumbandu, a crown of leaves. It is also often equipped with a bump on the back, exaggerating the handicapped aspect of the character. This Mask of Pende established in Upper Kwango is distinguished by its bent nose and a deformed mouth. Areas of contrasting colors divide his face. Abrasions.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic ...


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Guro, Gouro Mask-Cimier
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Hybrid composition of two animals embodying two of the many geniuses of the bush yu for the company dye., the latter exercising a form of justice within the group. Most of the animals in the forest are represented by masks in the Gouro. The alliance with the geniuses would have been contracted as a result of the women's refusal to grant water to the crusading geniuses in the bush, and the men offered them palm wine. The head of the antelope is removable.
Patine semi-saturated. Abrasions.
Organized in lineages, the Gouros are the western neighbors of the Baoulé. Their respective sculptures, by their morphology, bear witness to their close relationships. Priest and soothsayer share the predominant ritual functions among the Guro. The secret associations worship the geniuses of ...


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Ngil s Fang Mask
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Rituals of justice and African masks Fang. Sober monochrome for this Fang mask, where the powerful nose, circular pupils and pouting mouth form an inquisitive character.
The appearance of these kaolin-coated masks (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male society ngil in northwestern Gabon, southern Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea.  This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village.  The Fang ...


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Baule Ndoma Mask
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Another variant of the African mask Baoulé called mask-portrait, this copy wears a janiform crest and presents, in the center of the eyebrow arch in the heart marked with the sign ngole , a delicately drawn nose, a narrow mouth in advance. Relief patterns are inscribed on the forehead, in relation to the scarifications. A thin crenellated necklace evokes a beard, and therefore a hermaphrodite character. This piece of African tribal art features a carmy red patina on which brown drippings remain. Residual ochre inlays in the hollows. Crack.
These portrait masks of the Baoulé, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the peculiarity of manifesting themselves at the end of the ceremonies of ...


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Yohoure Lomane Mask
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A subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, the Yaouré have produced a sculptural art influenced by the neighbouring Baoulé and Gouros ethnic groups, and vice versa. This African mask belonging to the je company is topped with a stage featuring three ibis. The hair is organized into thick braids gathered upwards while a collar engraved with triangular patterns borders the face. Discreet polychromy yellow and burgundy ochre.
This example, which could be attributed to the group of Anoman , Lomane , (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I originally danced around the deceased and leaned to the touch for a purifying purpose. He also appears at the moment in the course of rejoicing. . African art masks Yaouré , or Yauré , whose Baoulé have almost similar ...


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Ngil s Fang Mask
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This long-formed African Fang mask illustrates one of the many stylistic variations of the Ngil's Fang masks, on which assertive features give an austere appearance. Locally abraded bleached patina.
The appearance of these masks, usually coated with kaolin (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the male society ngil which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. The ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village. The ...


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Okuyi Dance Punu Mask
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Internalized and peaceful expression for this reduced version of the famous punu mask on which the nine scale patterns associated with traditional tribal scarifications are highlighted; a single braided shell caps the head. These hairstyles come in different forms and illustrate women's fashion during the 19th century in Gabon. A white patina, abraded, covers the face in contrast to the brown red from which the keloids and lips are dyed. The contours were damaged by storage conditions. Erosions.
The color of mourning is white, establishes a link with the world of spirits and ancestors to which were attributed protective and beneficial virtues. Okuyi masks were displayed during rituals with very ancient origins in which dancers mounted on stilts waved in order to invoke the spirit of ...


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Masque Dan Gunye gei
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This tribal mask from Côte d'Ivoire is a racing mask with carefully curved naturalistic volumes, with hollowed-out round eyes. It was held against the face using cotton strips attached to the perforations of the contours and knotted behind the head. Satin black brown patina, erosion nombeuss, damaged contours.
The tradition was for his wearer to be chased by an unmasked runner; if he was caught, he had to pass the mask to the winner, who in turn was being chased by another rider. These races were once designed to train men in running and fighting. This type of event is now very often linked to the holidays announcing the beginning of the dry season and those related to the initiation of young children. Smooth, satin patina.
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Large Okua Idoma Mask
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This Okua-type mask from southern Idoma, covered in kaolin, features a sumptuous coloured adornment made of curried and beaded on a basket structure. A bouquet of feathers rises to the top of the face with naturalistic features. If the checkerboard scarifications are discrete on the temples, the face remains classically scarfed with tribal marks diagonally on either side of the bouche.br /
The Idoma live at the confluence of the Benue and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. Their art and customs have influences from Igbo, the Cross River and Igala, and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. Members of their societyo-scoliny, glorifying courage, use masks and cimiers during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached ...


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Moon Mask Baule Gbagba
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In the category of African masks associated with natural phenomena such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, this mask here in colorful version still appears during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance. Its wearer is supposed to 'warm up' scene before the appearance of larger masks. With a large decorative frieze in a dented halo, it adopts a forehead, seat of intelligence and wisdom, crossed by a median scarification in relief. Bright polychrome, smooth patina.
The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group based in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, features a wide range of masks renowned for the sophistication of their decoration. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main features of the face of a very beautiful girl or a remarkable man, ...


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Mende Bundu Sowei Mask
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The sowei are an idealized representation of female beauty seen through the Mende culture.They embody aquatic spirits. Displaying horizontal scarifications inscribed under the wide, lowered eyelids, this African Mende mask is a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important among Mendé. It has a bulging forehead occupying the upper half of the face, the features concentrating in the lower half. The folds of the neck evoke an abundance of flesh symbolizing prosperity. The bun headdress consists of fine braids picked up in vertical buns. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask also has a crusty patina.
Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west coast of Guinea, are known in African art for the hexagonal masks and in particular those of the ...


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Gabon s Punu Crest Mask
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Rare crest mask, punu face masks being more common. A large sagittal crest shell, enhanced with two curved duvets, 'buyi', characteristic of the old punu masks according to L. Perrois and C. Grand-Dufay in Punu (ED. 5Continents), forms the braided headdress of this mask carved in a reddish wood, once coated with ritual kaolin, mpemba . A thick flared base makes up the neck, whose openings made it possible to secure the fabric enveloping the dancer. Patine mate, imprinted with the use of a mask that has obviously danced.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri, the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the caiman ...


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