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African art - African mask:

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.


Nyabwa Warrior Mask / Bété Ivory Coast
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Entanglement of disparate horns for this face mask of the beté/guéré ethnic group. The horns are nailed to the wooden surface forming the face and a band of hardened canvas conceals the base. The whole is coated with a crusty film where dark pigments mingle. A large toothed mouth appears between the horns. At the top, a magical charge was slipped into a canvas bag.
This is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the mask society gla of the population Wobé and Guéré , set called Wé or ", men who easily forgive", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou, these traditions having been passed on to them and taught by the Nyabwa. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn accompanied ...


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Senoufo Korobla Mask
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This African senoufo mask with a round head, exorbitant pupils, wide toothed jaw and zoomorphic ears, is named "c redeemer of fire" (Korobla). It is sometimes accessorized with magical attributes. Patine mate. Residual libations. Very good state of preservation.
The Senoufo, the name given to them by french settlers, are mainly made up of farmers who have dispersed between Mali, Côte d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. The councils of elders, led by an elected chief, administer the senoufo villages.
Representations of hybrid beings, the zoomorphic African masks of Sénufo are worn by members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life. Their function is to honour the elders or to appear at funerals, hence their name, poniugo , " funeral head". ...


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Mask Mbuya Pende Fumu
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This African introductory mask, Mbuya , emanates from the Western Pende whose influence Yaka is notable for the slightly upturned nose, the line of eyebrows emanating from the neighboring Chokwe. Easily identifiable by its hairstyle consisting of four horns whose movements accompanied the jerky dance, this mask expresses the masculine and feminine qualities of the chef. This mask is stylistically very close to the Pumbu , but with rounder horns and slightly softer features. (Pende, Strother) The mask Pumbu embodies, to protect himself from the vengeance of his prey, the spirit of a big game hunter, and the executor who willingly shed human blood, Ngunza. For the Central Pende its Pundu mask is besides very different in its formal appearance. This African mask Pendé Fumu sports a chin ...


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Suku Kakungu Mask
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The great masks of African artThe suku masks kakungu are normally accompanied by a voluminous beard and headdress in raffia. This large face with deformed features terrorized the audience. Heavily eroded wood.

The Suku and Yaka ethnic groups recognize common origins and have the same social structure as well as similar cultural practices. They can only be differentiated by their stylistic variations. The mukanda is the name given to all the rites around the initiation ceremony of young puberty, dedicating the end of childhood and shared by many communities.
The suku kakungu masks are reputed to be among the largest masks in Black Africa. Their exaggerated features, swollen and dying cheeks, massive features and prominent chin were to inspire fear to the spectators. ...


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Zoomorphic Dogon Mask
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African art > African mask > Dogon Mask

This very sober Dogon African mask with an eroded natural patina is one of the many stylistic variations of dogon masks, icons of dogon tribal art. With a bifide snout or beak pierced with nostrils at the end, it is then simply pierced with triangles indicating the eyes.
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 them are used by the circumcised initiates of the Wa society during funeral ceremonies. The Awa refers to the masks, their costumes, and all the Dogons in the service of masks. Some evoke animals, in reference to the rich cosmogony and mythology of African dogon art. The U-002ndyama", the life force of the mask, is activated by different rituals in order to develop the full ...


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Baga Nimba Little Mask
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Ex-collection french tribal art.
Baga religious practices and African art. Mixed with Nalu and Landuman , Baga live along the coast of Guinea-Bissau in flooded swamp regions six months a year. They believe in a creative god called Nagu, Naku , which they do not represent, and which is accompanied by a male spirit whose name is Somtup . Apart from the famous Nimba mask, they have created a powerful mask, a hybrid of snake, gazelle, chameleon and crocodile, in order to communicate with the spirits of the forest. The face of the Baga Nimba mask is characterized by a buzzed nose evoking a bird's beak, an incised hair that divides a ridge. This national symbol can reach up to 50 kg in its largest versions. Real name Demba / D'mba (or Nimba in baga language), it represents the nurturing ...


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Ci Wara Bambara Vertical Crest Mask
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The Ti-wara in African art.
It would be an animal - genius called Ciwara who would have taught the Bambara to cultivate the land. They recall the myth through the stylized representation of a hippotrague antelope, whose name ci wara means "fauve of the earth". The ears and snout are also adorned with cotton yarn pom poms on the head and sides of the oxidized copper slats. The top of the horns tilted backwards is also covered with leather and hair. These characteristics make it possible to attribute it to the stylistic canons of the Ségou region. Speckled matte patina. Worn at the top of the skull and held in place by a kind of small basket, these crests accompanied the dancers during the rituals of the tun , an association dedicated to agricultural work. The masks roamed the field, ...

Musangwe Tabwa Mask
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Former Belgian private collection of African art Jan Putteneers.

The Tabwa are an ethnic group in southeastern DRC. Simple farmers without centralized power, they united around tribal leaders after being influenced by the Luba. It was mainly during this period that their artistic current was expressed mainly through statues but also through masks.
The Tabwa worshipped ancestors and dedicated some of their statues to them. Animists, their beliefs are anchored around ngulu, nature spirits present in plants and rocks.

The helmet mask here in a slightly flattened spherical shape is equipped with geometric scarifications from the corner of the eyes and the cracks of the mouth and extending to the ears. Scarifications and body modifications were commonplace in ...


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Bobo Fing Newenka Mask
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Variant of the African mask Bobo Fing Newenka, also borrowing features of the mask kellé, it is characterized by a zoomorphic head whose horns are based on a panel.

This voluminous copy was carried exclusively by the members of the caste of blacksmiths During the mourning ceremonies, to accompany the deceased to his ultimate residence, the volta.At the moment the eyes of the mask were hollowed out, always starting with the left eye, the spiritual incarnation came alive in the The upper part of the mask, in a crescent, represents the flight of a bird, locally matted patina, crusty residues, drying fissures, and old polychrome motifs are faintly visible on the crest, libation coatings were probably applied for new ceremonies Mandingo people, most of whom live in eastern Burkina ...


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Masque League
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A losangic shape for this shallow, semi-closed African mask, illustrating the astonishing diversity of African masks of the Lega group. This sculpture, whose patinated surface, locally eroded, retains a crusty white clay coating, indicated the stage that its holder had reached within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different grades, and joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu. Fine scarifications soaring, parallel to the nose, are drawn on the cheeks and on the front.br / Within the Léga, the society of the Bwami open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of ...


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Pendé Kipoko Mask
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Ex-Belgian African art collection
Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Oriental have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity the masks Mbuya , realistic, produced every ten years, take on a festive function, and embody different characters, including the chef, the soothsayer and his wife, the prostitute, the possessed, etc. The masks of initiation and those of power, the minganji, represent the ancestors and occur successively during the same ceremonies, agricultural festivals, initiation rituals and circumcision mukanda, induction of the chief. The Kipoko mask (also known ...


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N tomo Bambara Mask
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African art and masks of initiation ceremonies
It is during the initiation ceremonies of young boys relating to the society of the Ntomo and shared with their neighbors Malinke , that the Bambara make these masks dance.
The long, slightly buzzed nose reminds us that the Bambara favour this organ in their tribal statuary, because it evokes the sociability and cohesion of the clan. The bulging forehead is incised with thin lines forming diamonds. The crest consists of a round-bump sculpture, representing an antelope. At the back are six vertical horns. Oiled and matte dark brown patina. The groups of artisans bambara nyamakala , more specifically the blacksmiths named numu , are in charge of the sculpture of ritual objects, endowed with the nyama , occult energy. Using fire and ...


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Mask Bété Guéré spider
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Entanglement of disparate horns for this facial mask of the bété/guéré ethnic group. The base of the horns was nailed to the flat, circular wooden surface and then bound by a thick strip of hardened canvas. The whole thing is plastered with a crusty film where red and white ochre pigments mingle. It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla populations Wobé and Guéré , together referred to as Wé or ", men who easily forgive", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been passed down to them and taught to them by the Nyabwa . Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its wearer from its power against ...


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Mende Bundu Sowei hem mask
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In African tribal art, sowei are an idealized representation of female beauty seen through The Mende culture.They embody aquatic minds. This cephalomorphic mask forms a copy of the type of masks named bundu the most important in Mendé. The face has a high bulging forehead forming the upper half. The features are concentrated closely in the lower part, which is engulfed in a neck where the folds symbolizing prosperity evoke an abundance of flesh.
At the top, a sculpture of a woman whose hairstyle, gathered in a thick braid, wraps around the head of the mask until it ends on the posterior part in a mermaid tail. Painted black or tinted with a leaf brush, the mask was then rubbed with palm oil. Desication crack.
Mende, Vaï and Gola cultures, Sierra Leone, Liberia and the west ...


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Mask Zande or Ngbandi Ubangi
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The wooden labret that runs through the upper lip of this mask would once have been a specificity of the groups of the north-west of the Ubangi. The slight shape of the forehead, cheekbones and chin give realism to this mask on which clumped particles have left a crusty deposit at the mouth and on the headdress. The dark patina has age erosions, revealing the underlying light wood.
Onesses referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of whom turns into a totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or ", which ...


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Large Lega Mask
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Shallow African mask, carved in a light wood, which is distinguished by a nasal ridge dug from a groove. Invariably sober, these traditional Lega masks indicated the stage reached by its holder within the Bwami, a learning society composed of different ranks, and joined by the wives whose spouse had reached the third level, that of the ngandu . Residual traces of kaolin on a light wood. Raffia beard. Height with beard: 80 cm.
Belle clear patina, residual kaolin inlays with mica particles.

At the Lea, the Bwami society open to men and women, organized social and political life. There were up to seven levels of initiation, each associated with emblems. Following their exodus from Uganda in the 17th century, the Lega settled on the west bank of the Lualaba River in the DRC. ...


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Baule Ndoma face mask
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This African Baoulé mask, an African sculpture called A portrait mask or Ndoma, features braided hair flanked by two side duvets. The face features the traditional scarficions called " ngole". Dark brown surface mattified with a clay coating.
These portraits 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 entertainment dance ceremonies. The latter are named, depending on the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc. Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications. They perform during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits of personalities, staging ...


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Mossi helmet mask
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Incarnating a spirit, this convex mossi mask, with a crenellated central ridge and an element evoking a bird's beak, is enhanced with bright colors. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection.
Patine abraded.
The black patina was originally made from charcoal and gum pods.
The Mossi masks, personal or lineage, are an incarnation of guardian spirits offering their support. They perform at funerals, at the funerals of clan leaders, protect crops. True altars without their costume, they can receive libations such as millet beer in order to honor the ancestors. Their appearance is now common during entertainment shows. Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is composed of descendants ...


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Gouro Elephant Mask
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The african zoomorphic masks of the Dié group in the African art Gouro
Masque bicolor that divides a middle line composed of small black cabochons from the top of the head to the end of the trunk.
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 nature, through the masks in which spirits are supposed to reside. Their protective spirits called zuzu were revered by statues placed on altars. The masks gu, gye and dye, in the hands of notables, are only displayed during major funerals or the induction of a chief (Kerchache).


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Masque facial Markha, Warka
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In African art, the Marka , Maraka in Bamana, Warka, or Sarakolé, are Muslim city dwellers of Soninke origin, settled in southern Niger, scattered since the end of the Ghana empire in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal. They now speak bamana and have adopted much of the Bambara traditions, such as Ntomo and Koré , initiation societies that used masks during their ceremonies. The sculptors of African art Bambara and Marka are among the Numuw , who are not related to an ethnic group and are free to establish themselves wherever they wish. This mask with a narrow jaw has an imposing nasal edge surmounting protruding lips. A stylized crest covers the face. Replacing the metal classically adorning these masks, geometric incisions were finely engraved on the wood.
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Large mask Baoulé ram
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African tribal societies have always carved many African masks with animal representation, usually totemic since associated in many cases with the founding ancestors of the ethnic group. In the case of a totem animal, it is logically forbidden to consume it under penalty of serious consequences. These masks are honored in such a way as to generate blessings, and are the property of the family. There are also so-called entertainment masks, which are danced during specific festivities. This African Mask Baoulé of great proportion, embellished with parallel linear engravings adjoining with a kaolin coating, is a sheep.
The twisted sculpted horns evoke aggression and destructive power. Long ears surround the animal's head, highlighting the relief of the snout. A sacrificial victim for ...


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