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Kwele Ekuk Mask (N° 19304)
These African masks from Gabon have a concave, heart-shaped face with almond-shaped eyes and a triangular nose. Usually concealed, the mouth is outlined here in a thin incision in the lower part of the face. Depending on the presence of horns and their arrangement, the masks are named pipibudzé , Ekuku zokou , etc...and are associated with ancestors or forest spirits, " ekuk ". Good general condition.
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Tribe of the Kota group, the Kwélé , Bakwélé , live in the forest on the northern border of the Republic of Congo. They live from hunting, agriculture and metallurgy. Practicing the cult named Bwété borrowed from the Ngwyes, which was accompanied by obligatory initiation rites, at the end of the ceremonies they used the masks ekuk evoking the antelope whose horns meet in a loop under the chin. The blood of the antelope was also used in the Kwélé for therapeutic purposes. They produce rare statues related to the initiation rites of young people.
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