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Kota Mask (N° 24080)

African mask of the Mahongwe type, whose narrow concave face ending in a point and long protruding eyelids could have been one of the sources of inspiration for Cubism.
Abraded matte patina.
The Mahongwé (mahongwe) are about 15,000 settled in the east of Gabon. Close to the Kota, they are known for their figures of guardians of reliquaries similar to the heads of Naja deployed and covered on the face with juxtaposed copper wires. The Mahongwe, Obamba, Shamayé and Sango form with the Kota a group with similar rites and society. It is in the eastern part of Gabon that they live among the forests. Some crossed the Congo border after going up the sources of the Ogooué.
Ref. : "Masks of Gabon, journey to the sources of the Ogooué" ed. Wakes; "Kota" Perrois - ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyKota
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height cm44
Width19 cm
Weight0.50 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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