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This african zoomorphic sculpture flanked by front-end horns comes from the 'U's '0022nofollowU', '0022 href'U'0022https://africa.uima.uiowa.edu/peoples/show/bidyogo" Bidjogo , established in the archipelago Bissagos consists of about thirty islands located off the coast of Guinea-Bissau.
On this massive piece of a gaping-mouthed bovine head, the organs are highlighted with concentric decorative motifs and tapestry nails, the ears adorned with cotton yarn pompoms are covered with red pigments. Vegetable fiber cords complete the highlighting of the main features.
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 ...