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Mask Vuvi / Tsogho Gabon (N° 18145)
Related to the African Okuyi masks of the Punu tribes Shira , African masks produced by the peripheral groups, Vuvi, Galoa and Mitsogho, are also covered with white pigments with apotropaic aims. Some, discreetly polychrome like our copy, sport burgundy red highlights. The slanted visor headdress, reminiscent of a hair fashion in the Shira group, was the front part of a cozy hairstyle. Lacking scarifications, it has protruding eyelids, a triangular nose and a diamond mouth that seems to emit a breath. Erosions. Powdery and grainy patina.
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The Mitsogho , Sogho, is established in a forested area on the right bank of the Ngoumé River. The company Bwiti , or Bweté, which has a system of reliquaries comparable to that of the Fang and Kota, formed the cohesion of the mitsogho families. Their masks were worn at night by initiates under the influence of an iboga hallucinogenic plant, during funerals, and then stored in the male initiation house ebanza . The Vuvi produced relatively comparable masks, influenced by the proximity of the Mitsogho.
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