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Teke Shield (N° 21174)

Only the Tsaayi, among the Téké subgroups of Gabon, produced wooden African masks from the mid-20th century. They were used by members of the kidumu secret male brotherhood (kidumu is the name of the society, the dance, and the mask), at the funerals of village notables or at weddings and other important ceremonies. They appear more and more, since the independence of the Congo, at celebrations. The Téké pictograms insist on oppositions symbolizing the 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 ocher pigments. In addition to lunar symbolism, these pictograms refer to regional body scarifications.
Satin patina.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyTeke
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height cm33
Width26 cm
Weight0.65 Kg
Estimated datingcontemporain
Socle inclusOptional

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