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Teke Mask - Tsaayi Kidumu (N° 16495)
Only the Tsaayi, among the Teké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden masks as early as the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the secret male brotherhood kidumu (kidumu is the name of society, dance, and mask), dance at the funerals of village officials or at weddings and other important ceremonies.
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They appear more and more, since The independence of Congo, at the celebrations of rejoicing. This mask is a discoid board mask: the wearer of the mask held it between the teeth with a braided ribbon. The perforations were used to fix feathers and fibers that would perfect the harmony of the costume. Reduced openings are concealed on either side of the nose.
The pictograms of the Teke masks emphasize oppositions symbolizing duality in the universe: circular, they are divided horizontally by a band and their surface is decorated with geometric patterns painted with white, red, black or ochre pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications.
Abraded matte patina, chipped kaolin pigments, slight desication cracks.
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