African art > African mask > Masque Mama
This type of crest mask forms a hybrid composition by combining zoomorphic elements such as a beak and forward curved horns. Circular shapes are used for crushed nose nostrils, bleached pupils and large cupy ears. The masks of the ceremonies mangam of Mamas, whose buffalo masks are better known, are used within the ethnic group by members of a male association charged with maintaining social order and increasing or promoting agricultural production. Crusty patina in pink reds. Restoration at the base of the summit horns.
This mask whose horns symbolize fertility is therefore danced during the holidays in relation to agricultural fertility and sometimes human fertility.
Mama buffalo masks are kept in the sacred wood and brought back to the village to accompany the ...