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Toma Bakrogui Mask
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This heavy ancestor mask, with two horns, the bakrogui , has only three reduced openings for vision. A braided cord underlines the enhanced look of kaolin, under a front band notched with diamonds. A face carved in bas-relief, bordered by a collar reminiscent of the masks of the neighboring Côte d'Ivoire, adorns the lower part of the mask. Only members of the Poro were allowed to contemplate the mask bakrogui . Grainy surface.
The Toma of Guinea, called Loma In Liberia, live in the forest, at altitude. They are renowned for their landai board masks intended to animate the initiation rites of the association poro which structures their society, and which represent spirits of the bush. As soon as the mask appeared Landai , the initiates went to the forest to stay there for a ...

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Skeleton Tiv Statue
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Curiosity of African art, this statue represents a human skeleton, however, the addition of bone canines in the jaw is reminiscent of the monkey, an animal whose representations are legion, especially in the Art of Gabon and Cote d'Ivoire The slender figure has a skull with gaping orbits mounted on a ringed neck.The arms along the body fit into the verticality of the room, parallel to the legs. the rib cage is the bulky part of the room with its forward projection, the knee joint is stylized, and during their history and migrations the Tivs have undergone many stylistic influences through their contacts with other ethnic groups, in particular Chamba, Fulani and Jukun, a people with beliefs centered on witchcraft.The body of art is mainly composed of statues and everyday objects.

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Protective Tiv figure
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Belgian African Art Collection.
People with diverse traditions have settled in the savannah north of the Niger and Benué rivers. The tiv originating in Cameroon are composed of farmers living on the banks of the left bank of the Benué. Their statues are of two types : of a naturalist type, these figures take the form of female representations, some of which formed the top of posts of reception boxes. The seconds, called ihambé, associated with fertility, feature seated characters. Witchcraft, in the hands of the elders through fetishes, pervades tiv society.
Akumbo family protective fetishes are kept in individual huts. It is during births, hunting and agrarian rituals that their role comes into play. They are also supposed to protect against the ancient transformed into ...

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