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Mama crest mask (N° 14538)
The masks of ceremonies mangam of Mamas, whose buffalo masks are better known, are used within the ethnic group by members of a male association charged with maintaining social order and increasing or promoting agricultural production. Pink ochre granular patina. This mask, whose horns symbolize fertility, is therefore danced during the holidays in relation to agricultural fertility and sometimes human fertility.
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Mama buffalo masks are kept in the sacred wood and brought back to the village to accompany the deceased into the world of the afterlife or to participate in the induction of a chief. Pink ochre matte patina.
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