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Aduma Mask (N° 23959)

African mask of flat shape dividing into colored areas. He has a barely prominent forehead on which the eyebrow arches are drawn. Simple notches make up the eyes and mouth on either side of a long, straight nose. The dancer is decked out with attributes supposed to give him the qualities of certain animals, such as the panther, the genet or even the monkey. It is equipped with sceptres made of monkey hair.
Matt patina, abraded. Slight lacks. Height on base: 51 cm.
The Aduma are an ethnic group established in central Gabon, in a mountainous region. The Adouma, “men of the river” or “boat masters”, have long lived on the banks of the Ogooué, upstream and downstream of Lastourville between the Doumé and Bounji reaches. Formerly used for judicial purposes, the mask of great sobriety, called mvoudi, bodi, or even yoyo , is used today during entertainment dances. The Mbudi is the male initiation rite. (Louis Perrois) Ref. : "Masks of Gabon", ed. Wakes.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Material(s)wood, raphia
Height cm31
Width19 cm
Weight0.77 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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