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Ligbi/Djimini Mask of the Dô (N° 18762)

Unexpected, polychrome version of the Ligbi mask, which takes the form of a bust of a pregnant woman. Lashed red patina, black highlights.
Andeblis in Ivory Coast, but also in Ghana, the Ligbi , Islamized, were nevertheless influenced by tribal sculpture Senoufo . They borrowed elements that they incorporated into African masks related to the society of do . This masked tradition has been preserved to manifest itself during religious festivals accompanied by sacrifices and songs such as the end of Ramadan, and symbolizing in this way the breaking of the fast. Just before the festivities, if necessary, the mask will be repainted and therefore coated with koro , composed of burnt foliage whose ashes are mixed with palm oil. Red, white clay, henna, and a powder made from kola nuts will enhance scarifications when they are present, facial features and hairstyle.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyLigbi
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height44
Width16
Weight0.75 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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