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Masque facial LIgbi (N° 16662)
Ovoid shape framed with curved horns forward, for this heavy African mask of the Ligbi. Discreet highlights of blue and red pigments, and kaolin, form the linear patterns depicting the scarifications of the face, and those of the corners of the mouth, said in "moustaches of cat".Speckled brown patina.
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Established in Ivory Coast, but also in Ghana, the Ligbi , Islamized, however, were influenced by the tribal sculpture Senoufo . They borrowed elements from it that they incorporated into African masks linked to the do society. This masked tradition has been preserved to manifest itself during religious holidays 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 covered with koro , composed of burnt foliage whose ashes are mixed with palm oil. Red, white, henna clay, and a kola nut powder will enhance scarifications when they are present, facial features and hairstyle.
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