African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Mama mask
This type of African mask very clean crest, embodying a bush spirit, is associated with the mangam ceremonies of the Mama , or Kantana , of which the buffalo masks are best known. They are used within the ethnic group by members of a male association responsible for maintaining social order and increasing or promoting agricultural production. It is indeed in the north of the Benue that several ethnic groups produce highly stylized masks worn horizontally.
Pinkish ochre granular patina. Desiccation cracks.
This mask, whose horns symbolize fertility, is therefore danced during festivals related to agricultural fertility and sometimes human fertility.
Mama buffalo masks are kept in the sacred wood and are brought back to the village to accompany the deceased in the ...