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Galoa Mask, Galwa (N° 19168)
This face with half-closed eyes is divided into two contrasting tones, with a wraparound shell that extends into chinstrap mats. Matte patina, kaolin residue.
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The Galoa (or Galwa), sub-group Pounou , live downstream of Lambaréné on the Ogooué river, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. They are named "people of the lake". They have also produced masks named Okouyi,Okukwé, used by initiatory societies to unveil witchcraft and their authors through divination.
Several neighboring ethnic groups, including the Adouma and the Kota, use in Gabon flattened masks of contrasting colors, including kaolin which is believed to have apotropaic virtues.
Groups in Gabon practice the cult of bwiti, the cult of ancestors, and their relics are surmounted by a sculpture that serves as a watchman.
"The soul of Africa" S. Diakonoff; "L'Art tribal d'Afrique noire" ed. Assouline.
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