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Ligbi Mask (N° 14249)
A female effigy, in bust, surmounts the face of this monoxyle mask. The influence of the Senoufo neighbors is manifested by the presence of side appendages reminiscent of the contours of the masks kpeliye . The Ligbi are also known for the use of blue pigments on their masks, raising with red ochre the fins, the look, and the scarifications of the mouth. The triple nose here offers an intriguing feature. Grainy surface.
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Established in Ivory Coast, but also in Ghana, the Ligbi , Islamized, however, were influenced by the tribal sculpture Senoufo, since they instructed Senoufo or Mandé to sculpt their masks. This is why certain elements have been integrated into the masks related to the society of the do . This masked tradition has been preserved to manifest itself during the religious festivals of the Eid-el-fitr 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 covered with koro , composed of burnt foliage whose ashes are mixed with palm oil. Red, white, henna clay, and a kola nut powder will eventually enhance scarifications, facial features and hairstyle.
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