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Doulaa Mask (N° 16868)

African mask of flat design, topped with arched horns, which evokes a stylized, narrow face of bovid (nyatti), flanked by two fins for the ears. The room is embellished with geometric combinations 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 river Wuri , organized regattas where one could admire, on the bows of the canoes, carved works, painted in bright colors, depicting reptiles and animals. Ref. In: "Arts of Africa and Oceania" Coll. Barbier Mueller ed. Culturespaces  

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Originex-collection suisse
EthnyDouala
Countrycameroun
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm74
Width22 cm
Weight1.00 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°

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