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Teke Tsaayi Kidumu Mask (N° 21821)

The pictograms of the African Téké mask from Gabon emphasize oppositions symbolizing duality in the universe: their surface is embellished with geometric patterns painted with polychrome pigments.
In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications.
This mask is a plank mask: the wearer of the mask held it between the teeth using a braided tape. The perforations were used to fix feathers and fibers which came to perfect the harmony of the costume.
Matte patina, slight accidents.
Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké sub-groups of Gabon, produced wooden masks from the mid-twentieth century. They were used by members of the secret male brotherhood kidumu (the kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. They appear more and more, since the independence of the Congo, in celebrations.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyTeke
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height32
Width27
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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