African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Tsogho Mask
Support of a sacred power, the mask Pové, among the very large diversity of masks Okandé, Membé , of the tribes of central Gabon, adopts a volume of shallow, almost flat. Reminiscent of the masks Tsogho , it is also clad in juxtaposed colors that divide features raised with black. Sculpted by an initiate on the eve of ritual ceremonies, this mask embodies the mythical ancestor of the tribe. Currently, it manifests itself in mourning personalities or to exercise a form of justice. Established in the Ogooué basin, the Membé-speaking Okandé group, a neighbour of the Punu , Pounou, is composed of the Tsogho, Pové (Vuvi), Okandé, Evea, and Apindji ethnic groups. These ethnic groups practice the cult of Mwiri, a male initiation society.
Source: "Masks of Gabon", ed. Wakes.