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Ligbi Yangaleya Mask (N° 18403)

Framed with thin horns whose ends meet in front of the face, this African mask of Ligbi is associated with the calao (yangaleya). Discreet coloured highlights form the linear patterns of the scarifications of the face, and those of the mouth, known as cat whiskers. Speckled brown patina. Alterations.
Andeblis in the northern Ivory Coast, but also in Ghana, the Ligbi , Islamized, have however been 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 britannique
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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