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Ligbi Mask (N° 17282)

Always somewhat unusual, this type of facial sculpture of the Ligbi, Djimini, is surmounted here by a beak of calao whose curved beak returns vertically highlights the ovoid contours of the mask. High-tops of tricolour pigments and inlays of gilded metal enhance the features marked with scarificiations in cat whiskers. Narrow slits form the look, and the mouth also boils down to a thin opening. Satin brown patina.
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.
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal
Height cm31
Depth20 cm
Width17 cm
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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