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Douala Nyatti Mask of Ekongolo
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Plank mask formed of a rectangular volume evoking a stylized, narrow face of bovid (nyatti) flanked by two fins for the ears. The whole thing is topped with horns joining in a bow. The surface is engraved with juxtaposed geometric combinations painted in contrasting colors. The mask ends in the lower part with a metal diamond blade depicting the tongue. Sculpted by the sculptors of Douala in the bay of Cameroon, this type of zoomorphic mask were produced for the initiates of the society ekongolo , always active, in order to honor ancestors during ritual ceremonies, and wore like a helmet. This mask was also responsible, according to explorer Zintgraff, for hunting the uninitiated, which was also the role of grassland's Oku masks. The Douala , living at the mouth of the river Wuri , ...

Ekongolo Douala Nyatti Mask
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African art > African mask > Douala Mask

Stylized flat structure, formed of a rectangular volume evoking a narrow face of bovid (nyatti) that a middle ridge divides vertically, then flanked by two fins indicating ears. The whole thing is topped with horns joining in an arc. The surface offers juxtaposed geometric combinations painted in contrasting colors. The mask ends in its lower part with a diamond metal blade in the tongue. Sculpted by the sculptors of Douala in the Bay of Cameroon, this type of zoomorphic mask was produced for the initiates of the society ekongolo , always active, with the aim of honoring the ancestors during ritual ceremonies, and wore like a helmet. This mask was also tasked, according to explorer Zintgraff, with hunting the uninitiated, which was also the role of Grassland's Oku masks.
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