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Muhunzu Pové, Vuvi mask (N° 20428)
br>Supporting a sacred power, the African mask Pové, among the diversity of Okandé, Membé masks, from the tribes of central Gabon, presents a flat volume.
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Reminiscent of Tsogho masks, it is furthermore coated with juxtaposed colors that are divided by raised black lines.
Carved by an initiate on the eve of ritual ceremonies, this mask embodies the mythical ancestor of the tribe. Today, it is used for the mourning of personalities or to exercise a form of justice.
Established in the Ogooué basin, the Okande group of the Membe language, neighboring the Punu and Pounou, is composed of the Tsogho, Pove (Vuvi), Okande, Evea and Apindji ethnic groups. These ethnic groups practice the cult of Mwiri, a male initiation society.
Source: "Masques du Gabon", ed. Sillages.
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