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Galva mask (N° 23137)

African judicial mask from the Okukwé society, worn on the occasion of funerals, the birth of twins, or other major events.
Irregular matte patina, desication chips and cracks.
The Galoa (or Galwa) live downstream from Lambaréné on the Ogooué River, bordering the Atlantic Ocean. They are called "people of the lake". They produced masks called Okouyi, Okukwé, used by initiatory societies to reveal witchcraft and their authors through divination. Several neighboring ethnic groups, including the Adouma and the Kota, use flat areas of contrasting colors in Gabon, including kaolin supposed to have apotropaic properties. The groups of Gabon practice the worship of the bwiti, worship of the ancestors, and their relics are surmounted by a sculpture acting as a watchman. The Tsogho also produced a variety of masks comparable to those of their neighbors in the Ogooué basin. "The soul of Africa" ​​S. Diakonoff; "Black African Tribal Art" ed. Assouline.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Height cm37
Width21 cm
Weight0.77 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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