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Ligbi/Djimini du Dô Siginkuru-Ayna Mask (N° 12234)

The African masks and Muslim influence

established in Côte d'Ivoire, but also in Ghana, the Ligbi, Islamized, however, were influenced by the Senufo tribal sculpture, since they instructed Senufo or Mande to carve their The Djimini, meanwhile, are Senoufo people living in the Dabakala region, which is why their masks linked to the do society, whose dances were generally supervised by the Ligbi, are marked by these reciprocal influences. Masked tradition, shared by the Djimini, was preserved to be manifested during the religious festivals of Eid al-Fitr and Eid el Kebir (sheep festival) accompanied by sacrifices and songs, and symbolizing in this way the breaking of fasting Just before the festivities, if necessary, the mask will be repainted and thus coated with koro, composed of burnt foliage whose ashes are mixed with palm oil. An enigmatic face with scarified eyelids and a pointed chin is surmounted by horns at the top of which a personage is erected. The horns are reminiscent of the siginkuru-ayna buffalo mask, the scene evoking the sacrificial beef associated with the image of the "ancient Muslim" Horingyo. Desiccation cracks.  


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Originex-collection Delapiera
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Weight1.92 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
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