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Tsogho ancestor mask, Vuvi (N° 14966)

Related to the African Okuyi masks of the Punu Shira tribes, african masks produced by the peripheral groups, Vuvi, Galoa and Mitsogho, are also covered with white pigments for apotropaic purpose. Some, discreetly polychrome like our copy, have red ochre highlights. The slanted visor headdress, reminiscent of a hair fashion in the Shira group, was the front part of a hairstyle with shells. Without scarifications, it has globular eyelids, a triangular nose and a protruding mouth that seems to emit a breath. One side has significant erosion.
The ethnic group Mitsogho , Sogho, is established in a forested area on the right bank of the Ngoumé River. The company Bwiti , which has a reliquary system comparable to that of the Fang and Kota, formed the cohesion of the mitsogho families. Their masks were displayed at the funeral, and stored in the men's initiation house ebanza . The Vuvi produced relatively comparable masks, influenced by the proximity of the Mitsogho.  

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Originex collection espagnole
EthnyVouvi
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height33
Width21
Weight0.60 Kg

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