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Tsogho ancestor mask, Vuvi
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Related to the African Okuyi masks of the Punu Shira tribes, african masks produced by the peripheral groups, Vuvi, Galoa and Mitsogho, are also covered with white pigments for apotropaic purpose. Some, discreetly polychrome like our copy, have red ochre highlights. The slanted visor headdress, reminiscent of a hair fashion in the Shira group, was the front part of a hairstyle with shells. Without scarifications, it has globular eyelids, a triangular nose and a protruding mouth that seems to emit a breath. One side has significant erosion.
The ethnic group Mitsogho , Sogho, is established in a forested area on the right bank of the Ngoumé River. The company Bwiti , which has a reliquary system comparable to that of the Fang and Kota, formed the cohesion of the mitsogho families. ...


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Mask Muhunzu Pové, Vuvi
African art > African mask > Tsogho Mask

Support of a sacred power, the mask Pové, among the very large diversity of masks Okandé, Membé , of the tribes of central Gabon, adopts a volume of shallow, almost flat. Reminiscent of the masks Tsogho , it is also clad in juxtaposed colors that divide features raised with black. Sculpted by an initiate on the eve of ritual ceremonies, this mask embodies the mythical ancestor of the tribe. Currently, it manifests itself in mourning personalities or to exercise a form of justice. Established in the Ogooué basin, the Membé-speaking Okandé group, a neighbour of the Punu , Pounou, is composed of the Tsogho, Pové (Vuvi), Okandé, Evea, and Apindji ethnic groups. These ethnic groups practice the cult of Mwiri, a male initiation society.
Source: "Masks of Gabon", ed. Wakes.


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Mask Sogho / Vuvi
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African art > African mask > MasqueTsogho

Related to the African Okuyi masks of the Punu ethnic groups Shira tribes, African masks produced by peripheral groups, Vuvi, Galoa and Mitsogho , are also covered with white pigments aimed at apotropaic. Some, polychrome like our copy, sport colorful highlights. The slanted visor headdress, reminiscent of a hair fashion in the Shira group, was the front part of a hairstyle with shells. This mask offers a nose punctuated with perforations and a diamond mouth under which a grooved band evokes the scarifications of the ethnic group. The forehead is divided into two symbolic tones. A basket helmet, which is concealed by a fiber textile, is attached to the upper contours, bordered by a raffia braid extending sideways into two long mats.
The ethnic group Mitsogho is established in ...


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