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Djimini / Ligbi Du Do Mask (N° 16912)
this ovoid mask of the Ligbi, Djimini, seems to be trapped behind the beaks of calas carved at the top. Very discreet highlights of blue and red pigments, and kaolin, highlight the scarifications of the face. Narrow slits form the look, and the mouth also boils down to a sober opening. Satin brown patina, slightly grainy.
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Andeblis in Ivory Coast, but also in Ghana, the Ligbi , Islamized, were nevertheless influenced by tribal sculpture Senoufo . They borrowed elements that they incorporated into African masks related to the society of do . This masked tradition has been preserved to manifest itself during religious festivals accompanied by sacrifices and songs such as the end of Ramadan, and symbolizing in this way the breaking of the fast. Just before the festivities, if necessary, the mask will be repainted and therefore coated with koro , composed of burnt foliage whose ashes are mixed with palm oil. Red, white clay, henna, and a powder made from kola nuts will enhance scarifications when they are present, facial features and hairstyle.
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