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Ligbi Mask (N° 25111)

The African masks and the Muslim influence.
Equipped with arched horns evoking the siginkuru-ayna buffalo, a sacrificial ox associated with the image of the "ancient Muslim" Horingyo, this two-sided mask nevertheless offers two human features. Polychrome patina. Abrasions, slight losses.
Established in Ivory Coast, but also in Ghana, the Ligbi, Islamized, however suffered the influence of the Senufo tribal sculpture, since they charged Senoufo or Mandé to carve their masks. The Djimini, on the other hand, are Senufo living in the Dabakala region. This is the reason why their masks linked to the do society whose dances were generally supervised by the Ligbi are imbued with these reciprocal influences. This masked tradition, shared by the Djimini, has been preserved to manifest itself during the religious festivals of aïd-el-fitr and Aïd el-Kébir (sheep festival) accompanied by sacrifices and songs, 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.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyLigbi
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm44
Width21 cm
Weight1.10 Kg
Estimated datingcontemporain
Socle inclusOptional

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