African art > African mask > Bidjogo Mask
Ex-collection French African art.
This zoomorphic African mask with real horns comes from the 'a href'U'0022https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/peoples/show/bidyogo"' Bidjogo , established in the Bissagos Archipelago of about thirty islands off the coast Guinea-Bissau. On this massive piece depicting a gaping-mouthed bovine head, the noes are adorned with a metal buckle with a rope. A rope is also intertwined at the base of the horns. White pigments highlight certain organs. Cracked wood, matte patina.
The mask is worn before or at the end of the initiation ceremonies, by a young initiate " cabaro ", who will bend and pitch up, conveying the idea of a vigorous but still untamed young animal, and the need to go through the process to acquire discipline and mastery. These ...