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Douala Nyatti polychrome mask (N° 18449)

Plank mask, very graphic, topped with hoop horns. It is a stylized, narrow face of bovid (nyatti), flanked by two fins indicating ears. The room is embellished with geometric patterns of contrasting colors. 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 allemande
EthnyDouala
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, metal
Height87
Width28
Weight1.75 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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