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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.


Nawantante Bwa Vertical Blade Mask
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African art > African mask > Mossi Mask

This African bwa mask is made up of a flat, circular surface topped with an open board and feminine sculptures in round-bumps represented in an attitude of devotion. Circular decorative motifs adjoin with layered hooked reliefs symbolizing bird beaks. They're heading for a losangic mouth. The colours are divided into blackish bitumen, kaolin and burgundy red pigments. According to Gabriel Massa and Chantal Dewé, concentric circles symbolize the original sacred wells, triangles the footprints of antelopes, and the curved hooks calao, an animal associated with divination.
The African art sculptures of Bobo , Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that ...

Idoma crest mask
African art > African mask > Idoma Mask

The Idoma settled at the confluence of Benué and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders in their 500,000. The neighbourhood and thus the influences of the Igbo, those of the Cross River and Igala ethnic groups have generated stylistic borrowings, and great tribal similarities. The royal lineage members of their society oglinye , glorifying courage, use masks and crests during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform crests are usually displayed at the funerals of notables. Members of the male society Kwompten , meanwhile, used statues named goemai as part of healing rituals. Borrowed from the Igbo of the Cross River, these crest masks also relate to the masquerades of warriors. A double rattan strap ...


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Bwa Nawantante Mask
African art > African mask > Bwa Mask

An established population on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and Mali, the Bwa are divided into three endogamous castes: blacksmiths, griots and farmers. The Bwa believe in a god Difini creator of the world, who later abandoned him to his son Do. Do, whose emblem is an iron rhombe named alive , is supposed to intervene during funerals and agrarian rites. The leaf masks are made by the villagers, only the South Bwa, the niegue , produce wooden masks often zoomorphic, and the famous board masks, abstract, representing the spirits of nature, the naw . (C.Roy) Incarnating a spirit, this mask abstractly evoking the calao bird is topped with a vertical plank and a feminine figure reminiscent of the style of gurunsi masks. The mask owner and his family worshipped the object through ...


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Masque Igbo Izzi
African art > African mask > Izzi Mask

This type of mask called ogbodo enyi in the extreme north-east of the igbo country, and which means " spirit of the elephant", refers to the strength and endurance of the majestic pachyderm. Indeed, in addition to the presence of elements appearing in tusks, the protruding forehead, returning to the inside of the mask, is a stylized evocation of the trunk. Because of its exceptional characteristics, the elephant is associated with a symbolism of political and spiritual power and features prominently in the Igbo cosmogony.
These masks that combine human and animal elements were sculpted in different formats and wore horizontally, and, like most igbo masks, performed with other masks during dance performances. Unusually, they could be worn by women, despite a threat of infertility to ...


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Masquette Lukwakongo League
African art > African mask > Masque League

Named Lukwagengo, these African masks in the shape of bleached faces, such as this reduced copy, are not face masks but are worn on the back of the head, on the forehead, hung on the shoulders, fixed on a bamboo stand or carried by hand during dances. These are the insignia of the penultimate rank of the Bwami initiates that surround a mother mask named idumu .
Total height on a base: 27 cm.
The wooden versions measure around 20 cm while the bone or even ivory versions are even smaller. Within the Lega, 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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Songye Kifwebe Mask
African art > African mask > Kifwebe Mask

Named kikashi , this African Songye mask has classic features. However, the ridge is dug along its entire length by a wide rib pierced with holes. Parallel furrows, encrusted with white kaolin, adorn the surface of the wood, symbolizing plumage and the link with death. Areas of abrasion, and cracks are noteworthy. Internal alterations. Skate abraded by time and use, dry and velvety.
Three variants of this mask Kifwebe (pl. Bifwebe) or "Chasing the mort" (Roberts) stand out: the masculine (kilume) usually with a high crest, the feminine (kikashi) with a very low crest see absent, and finally the largest embodying power (kia ndoshi). This type of mask, still used today, appears to originate from the adjacent area between the northern Luba and the Southeastern Songye. They are worn ...


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Gelede Yoruba Crest Mask
African art > African mask > Yorouba Mask

The Gelede country in Nigeria pays tribute to mothers, especially the oldest of them, whose powers would be comparable to those of the Yoruba gods, or orisa, and ancestors, osi and which can be used for the benefit but also for the misfortune of society. In the latter case these women are named aje . Masked ceremonies, through performances using masks, costumes and dances, are supposed to urge mothers to use their extraordinary qualities for a peaceful and constructive purpose, for the good of society. A summary sculpture of a human bust, wrapped in a snake, rises in the crest of this polychrome mask. The latter displays the specifics of the Yoruba style: large globular eyes and claw scarifications. Abraded epolychrome skate.
During rigorously organized ceremonies, each dancer ...


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Masque facial Kwélé Ekuk
African art > African mask > Kwélé Mask

These gabonese masks with a concave face, in the heart, have almond eyes and a triangular nose. Generally concealed, the mouth is drawn here in the lower part of a concave face in a thin incision giving a smiling appearance. Depending on the presence of horns and their arrangement, the masks are called pipibudze, Ekuku zokou, etc. and are associated with the ancestors or spirits of the forest, " ekuk ". Tribe of the Kota group, the Kwélé , Bakwélé , live in forest on the northern border of the Republic of Congo. They live on hunting, agriculture and metallurgy. Practicing the cult called Bwété borrowed from the Ngwyes, which was accompanied by obligatory initiation rites, they used at the end of the ceremonies the masks ekuk evoking the antelope whose horns meet in a loop under the chin. ...


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Mask Bété Guéré spider
African art > African mask > Bété Mask

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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Masque Kumu, Komo
African art > African mask > Komo Mask

According to M.L. Félix, African masks produced by clans living in the north of the Uituri region mostly adopt stylized features sculpted on a shallow base, and their décor evokes the animal world, with color pigments similar to those that adorn bodies during initiation rites. Similar masks, decorated with dotted lines, were worn in Ubangi by the Ndunga and Zande of the north-east, where insiders and elders sometimes wore this type of body paint. Clear pigments applied to the finger on a brown background. velvety surface. Total height on a base: 43 cm
The Kumu , Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the North-East and central democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, the Yela, the ...


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Large Fang mask of Ngil
African art > African mask > Ngil Mask

This African Fang mask forms one of the many variants of Ngil's Fang masks, a full-length volume in which high orbital cavities contain thin eye slits, a nasal appendage marked with parallel ribs and patterns engraved on the bleached surface. The bulging mouth, pigmented with pink ochre, is altered. Long cracks.
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 men's 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 ...


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Gurunsi vertical plank crest mask
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African art > African mask > Masque Gurunsi

Among the Gurunsi, Lela, Winiama, Nuna and Nunuma are the main mask sculptors. They influenced the style and meaning of the masks of their neighbors Mossi and Bwa. Several animals can be represented: buffalo, antelope, warthog, hyena, calao, snake and crocodile and their combined attributes.
The ornamentation is distributed on each side of the mask: the black triangles refer to the footprints of the antelope hooves and the conical protrusions symbolize the beaks of the calao, associated with divination. A female figure in the invocation position appears in a round-bump halfway up. Mate patina, locally chipped, slight cracks of desication.
These masks were worn by the members of the village, completely concealed under outfits made of plant fibres, during the ritual dances. The ...

Hemba Mask
African art > African mask > Hemba Mask

The Hemba are a subgroup of the Luba ethnic group living in southeastern Dr. Congo, east of the Lualaba River, best known for their statuary representing chiefs. The pieces called soko mutu , suku muntu , (from Swahili," man's brother", and KiHemba, ibombo ya soho : "face de singe") belonged to the cult of ancestors and existed in two forms: on the one hand large masks used in ritual dances, and on the other hand, small masks or statuettes used as gifts, were hung in the boxes as protective amulets. These masks have recently been renamed mwisi gwa so'o , which expresses a concept that it is a chimpanzee spirit that would be embodied in the mask.
Stylized version of the simiesque mask, this sculpture is characterized by its powerful formal contrasts, the pointed forehead under which ...


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Baule Ndoma Mask
African art > African mask > Baoulé Mask

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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Masque Kuba Bushoong Isheen mwalu
African art > African mask > Masque Cuba

The spirits of nature, the ngesh , were supposed to be incarnated in the Kuba masks during the dances. The dancers' footprints were then erased so as not to injure the women venturing into the dance zone. The mask appeared during the initiation ceremonies, sometimes at the funerals of notables. Sculpted interpretation of the type of warrior mask Ishyeen imaalu (Pwoom itok), belonging to the society babende, adopts the exorbitant conical pupils, surrounded by perforations for vision, associated with the chameleon. It also offers highlights in the form of gold metal sheets, arranged on the mouth, on the frontal protrusion, on the cheeks, and in diamond on the temples. Black and Burgundy Pigments, Localized Abrasions . More than twenty types of tribal masks are used in the Kuba or " ...


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Masque casque Bulu Ngi
African art > African mask > Bulu Mask

Belgian tribal art collection

This mask with an ovoid skull under which the eyeballs are glazed, has a gaping, toothless mouth, a wide orifice on the spot of the nose, and would embody an orangutan. Fragments of animal teeth remain embedded in the jaw holes. The contours of the mask are lined with a raffia braid to which is attached a piece of woven fabric. Locally abraded pink ochre heterogeneous patina. Sparse, crusty residues of libatory substances.
Established in the equatorial forest between Cameroon and Gabon, the Bulu are part of the Fang ensemble. Like the Fangs of South Cameroon famous for their large white masks, the Boulou also practiced the ritual Ngi , Ngil in order to fight witchcraft and poisoning. Ngi is the antropoid monkey, a fearsome animal to which ...


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Masque Kumu
African art > African mask > Masque Kumu

According to Marc Léo Félix, the masks produced by clans living in the north of the Uituri region often have stylized features on a shallow surface, and their décor evokes the animal world, with color pigments similar to those that adorn the bodies during initiation rites. Similar masks, decorated with dotted lines, were worn in Ubangi by the Ndunga and Zande of the north-east, where insiders and elders sometimes wore this type of body paint.
Light, kaolin and ochre wood on a brown background. Insect prints.
The Kumu , Bakumu, Komo, live mainly in the North-East and Central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely intertwined, with similar associations: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko. Their ...


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Masque Tetela / Yela
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African art > African mask > Masque Yela

Circular mask, convex, it is divided into two vegetable colors, one based on red bark, the second of white, crusty kaolin. The large strips dug on its surface could evoke the traditional scarifications of the clan.
The Tetela and Yela groups are of Mongo origin and are neighbouring. The Sculpture of the Tetela takes various forms, borrowed from the clans they co-operate, among them songye inspirations with polychrome works. Several ethnic groups divided into branches live closely intertwined in central Zaire: the Mbole, the Yela, the Lengola, and the Metoko, and have similar associations. This proximity has generated some stylistic borrowings. Their artistic production has great analogies with that of the Metoko and Lengola. Their divination masks were displayed at the closing ...


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Mask Heaume Igbo
African art > African mask > Igbo Mask

This African Igbo mask called Ikorodo in the Nsukka region of southern Nigeria glorifies youth and beauty, with narrow slits for the eyes, a face with white-haired features, scarifications and tattoos. The headdress here is composed of shells and thick braids falling sideways. The white color of the mask agbo-gho-mmwo refers to ancestral spirits, these masks frequently accompanying the deceased during funeral rites. Indeed, mmwo means " spirit of the dead", and especially of young girls, although it is worn by young men in order to honor the spirit of the earth. Abrasions, crusty white patina.
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 system is ...


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Kplekple Kplé Mask Baoulé de Côte d Ivoire
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African art > African mask > Baule Mask

This circular African mask, known as " junior", with a surface made up of embossed checkerboards, has hollowed eyes and a rectangular mouth in which teeth are engraved in reference to the traditional image.  Zoomorphic elements in the form of short horns meet in a bow at the top. The female mask kplekple, according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) is red. Vogel (Baule) indicates, however, that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine is painted black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. This form copy yet one of the many variations in garnet red, black and white tones. Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " family Goli ", this circular mask with rounded horns ...

Chokwe Mask
African art > African mask > Tchokwe Mask

Ex-Swiss African art collection.
The African Chokwe pwo masks, among the many masks akishi (sing: mukishi , indicating the power) of African tribal art Chokwe, are exclusively female representations that were accompanied by accessories and adornments. Joined to their male counterparts, cihongo recognizable by their large plateau-shaped headdress, pwo must bring fertility and prosperity to the community. The cultural logic of these two icons developed during the pre-colonial period continues to inspire artists in north-eastern Angola. The characteristic patterns on the forehead, and sometimes on the cheekbones, are part of the chokwe aesthetic canons but also served as public markers of ethnic identity. This recurrent cruciform frontal pattern would also have a cosmogonic meaning. ...


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