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Douala Nyatti Mask (N° 18089)

Very graphic, this African mask has a flat design topped with arched horns. The set evokes a stylized, narrow face of bovid (nyatti), flanked by two fins for the ears. Geometric combinations of contrasting colours embellish the surface. A metal blade showing the tongue extends the whole. Patina abraded.
Sculpated by the sculptors of Douala in the Bay of Cameroon, this type of zoomorphic mask were produced for the initiates of the society ekongolo, always active, in order to honor ancestors during ritual ceremonies, and wore like a helmet. This mask was also responsible, according to explorer Zintgraff, for hunting the uninitiated, which was also the role of grassland's Oku masks. The Douala, living at the mouth of the Wuri River, organized regattas where carved works, painted in bright colours, depicting reptiles and animals, could be admired on the bows of the canoes. Ref. : " Arts of Africa and Oceania Coll. Barbier Mueller ed. Culturespaces  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyDouala
Countryrdc ex zaire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height67
Weight1.40 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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