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Vuvi statue (N° 22337)

Devoid of scarifications, the face resembling the features of the Gabon mask Vuvi has protruding eyelids under joined eyebrows, a triangular nose and a diamond-shaped mouth supported by swollen cheeks. the stretched body, framed by undersized arms, also bears diamond-shaped scars.
Desication cracks, abrasions. Matte patina.
Akin to the African masks Okuyi of the Punu ethnic groups of the Shira tribes, the African masks produced by the peripheral groups, Vuvi , Galoa and Mitsogho, are also coated with white pigments for apotropaic purposes.
The Mitsogho ethnic group, Sogho, is established in a forest region on the right bank of the Ngoumé River. The Bwiti society, or Bweté, which has a system of reliquaries comparable to that of the Fang and the Kota, formed the cohesion of the Mitsogho families. Their masks were worn at night by initiates under the influence of a hallucinogenic plant iboga, on the occasion of funerals, then stored in the house of male initiation ebanza. The Vuvi produced relatively comparable masks, influenced by the proximity of the Mitsogho.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyVouvi
Countrygabon
Material(s)wood
Height cm184
Width20 cm
Weight7.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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