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African art - African mask:

The African mask is unquestionably and forcefully what it represents, what it embodies. It can be an ancestor, a spirit, etc .... Reason why African masks are treated like humans, they are nourished by offerings, they have personal sanctuaries. Most African masks are made to dance. Fang, Punu, Baoule, Lega, monochrome or polychrome, zoomorphic, anthropomorphic or even hybrid, coated with kaolin, rough or with a sacrificial patina, they are linked to ritual cults, with various functions (agriculture, initiation, funeral , enthronement etc ...) Some have a social role, legal, police, or peacemaker.


Senoufo Kpéliyée Mask
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The zoomorphic African masks of the Senufo are worn by members of the Poro Society, an institution that controls political and economic life. Their function is to honor the elders or to appear at funerals. Anthropomorphic masks would mainly drive the spirit of the deceased out of his place of residence. At the top of this Kpélié mask meaning "masque that jumps " are three zoomorphic forms associated with the cameleon. Similar figures, in miniature, form the fins that appear on each side of the twin faces that can symbolize, according to the Senoufo, the primordial couple at the origin of the creation by emphasizing the complementarity between men and women. A decorative border consisting of double coloured pearl necklaces and raffia braiding attaches the canvas to the contours of the ...


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Salampasu Mask
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The bulbous forehead of this African mask houses large hollowed-out rectangles. A narrow mouth inscribed in a diamond is adorned with incisions showing the teeth. He wears a headdress made up of basket caps and feathers.
Masque of ceremonies related to the society of warriors and initiation rites, it was also exhibited at funerals, in connection with the previous initiations of the deceased, and for remuneration in many cases. The power of some masks is also so feared that their name alone can cause women and children to flee. Red ochre pigment residue. Restoration on one of the contours. Eroded wood. Living on hunting and agriculture, warrior people, the Salampasu form a tribe of the Lulua group and are settled between the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola, east of the Kasai ...


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Okwa Idoma Mask
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This mask with a crusty white patina offers a more sober monochrome version than the traditional Okua Idoma mask where the face is covered with checkered scarifications. The wide toothed mouth, responding to this work to the drawing of the eyes, is however a stylistic constant. Crack, contour erosion.
The Idoma live at the confluence of Bené and Niger. There are 500,000 farmers and traders. Their art and customs have influences from Igbo, the Cross River and Igala, and it is often difficult to distinguish them from their neighbours. Members of their societyo-scoliny, glorifying courage, use masks and cimiers during funerals and festivities. They also produce fertility statues with bleached faces and exhibiting incised teeth. Janiform cimiers are usually exhibited at the funerals of ...


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Lele / Ngeendé hem mask
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Sharing with the sophisticated Moshambwooy mask of the Kuba the same voluminous canvas trim on which were attached cauris and thousands of beads, this mask offers a flat wooden face with a half-closed look whose palpebral slits have been hollowed out. This type of mask was used at annual foundation ceremonies. The white color refers to mourning, while blue is associated with royalty.
The Lel, neighbours of the Tschokwe and Pende, live to the west of the Kuba kingdom and share common cultural characteristics with the Bushoongs of the Kuba country. Both groups adorn their prestige objects with similar motifs. Their company, led by a king u-0022 nymi ", comprises three classes, that of the Tundu or warlords, the Batshwa (", those who reject the Tundu" authority) and the Wongo ...


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Masque Komo, Kumu Nsembu
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Primitivism in The African Art Komo
Ancient African Mask of Circumcision, from Ituria. A losangic embossed mark reminiscent of the tribal keloid scar is drawn on the forehead of our African Komo mask. This shape renews itself on the chin. On either side, two eyes highlighted in white are summarily hollowed out in almond. The gap of the mouth reveals a cut-out evoking a dentition. The edge is lined with perforations in order to be able to attach the raffia fibers forming collar concealing the dancer, absent on this specimen. Circular patterns were manually applied to the surface of the object. Pigment salities, erosions.
The Kumu live mainly in the North-East and central Democratic Republic of Congo. Their Bantu language is komo or kikomo. Several ethnic groups are closely ...


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Baule / Yaure Lomane Mask
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A subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana, the Yaouré have produced a sculptural art influenced by the neighbouring Baoulé and Gouros ethnic groups, and vice versa. This African mask belonging to the je society is topped by a group of birds. A tripartite hair adorned with diamonds dug into the wood highlights a bulging forehead, and a collar decorated with triangular patterns highlights the face. Fine scarifications "ngole" mark the temples. Satin brown patina. This copy, which could be attributed to the group of Anoman , Lomane, (bird) is part of the fourth of the seven masks I originally danced around the deceased and leaned to the point of touching him for a purifying purpose. He also appears at the moment in the course of rejoicing. . African art masks Yaouré ...


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Small Yohoure / Yaouré mask
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The art of Côte d'Ivoire and the elegance of its sculpted masks
Reflet of the refinement of traditional sculpture of Côte d'Ivoire, this modest-sized mask, with regular features and horns, is decorated with metal sheets contrasting with the dark patina.
The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and the Gouros, the art of the Yaouré was influenced by these neighbouring ethnic groups, and vice versa. African art masks Yaouré , or Yauré , whose Baoulé have almost similar models, are divided into two groups that are difficult to differentiate, the je , sometimes with the addition of coloured pigments, and the lo, usually with a dark patina, who intervene during funeral ceremonies or any other rite in order ...


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Mask Mbuya Pende Fumu
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This African introductory mask, Mbuya , emanates from the Western Pende whose influence Yaka is notable for the slightly upturned nose, the line of eyebrows emanating from the neighboring Chokwe. Easily identifiable by its hairstyle consisting of four horns whose movements accompanied the jerky dance, this mask expresses the masculine and feminine qualities of the chef. This mask is stylistically very close to the Pumbu , but with rounder horns and slightly softer features. (Pende, Strother) The mask Pumbu embodies, to protect himself from the vengeance of his prey, the spirit of a big game hunter, and the executor who willingly shed human blood, Ngunza. For the Central Pende its Pundu mask is besides very different in its formal appearance. This African mask Pendé Fumu sports a chin ...


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Nsindi Songola Mask
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Extreme simplification for a powerful impact: this Songola mask composed of flat faces has an inverted triangle front whose edge extends from a slightly curved angle. The latter indicates a nose joining the oblique lying base, the hollowed-out center of which evokes a mouth or even a snout. Reduced to the essentials, the circular openings of the eyes are simply dug into this mask coated with a thick layer of kaolin. Mixed by alliance with the Lega, Ngengele and Zimba, the Songola are swallowed by the elders of the bloodlions. They borrowed from the Luba and Songye the Luhuna institution composed of dignitaries and that of the Bwami by their lega wives. The Songola live hunting and fishing, they engage in sculpture although the objects associated with the cult of Bwami come from the Lega. ...


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Baule Ndoma Helmet Mask
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This voluminous African mask of the Baoulé, a traditional sculpture called portrait mask or Ndoma, features a hairstyle composed of braided hair topped by a feline. The face with fine features features features the traditional scarifications called " ngole". Dark brown surface mattified with a clay coating.
These portraits of the Baoulé, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the peculiarity of manifesting themselves at the end of the entertainment dance ceremonies. The latter are named, depending on the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc. Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications. They perform during danced events accompanied by ...


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Masque Zande, Azande
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Zande primitive mask with zoomoprhes and anthropomoprhes: the nose evokes the beak of a bird. Reddish and brown patina, white clay highlights.
Onesses referred to as " Niam-Niam " because they are considered anthropophages, the tribes grouped under the name Zande , Azandé , settled, from Chad, on the border of the R.D.C. (Zaire), Sudan and the Central African Republic. According to their beliefs, man is endowed with two souls, one of whom turns into a totem animal of the clan to which he belongs. The African tribal art of the Zande, or ", which possess a lot of land, apart from their court art consisting of spoons, receptable, pipes and harps, counts two types of statues: The Kudu statues of a height of between 30 and 50 cm represent ancestors. There are also statues called Yanda of ...


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Large mask Baoulé ram
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African tribal societies have always carved many African masks with animal representation, usually totemic since associated in many cases with the founding ancestors of the ethnic group. In the case of a totem animal, it is logically forbidden to consume it under penalty of serious consequences. These masks are honored in such a way as to generate blessings, and are the property of the family. There are also so-called entertainment masks, which are danced during specific festivities. This African Mask Baoulé of great proportion, embellished with parallel linear engravings adjoining with a kaolin coating, is a sheep.
The twisted sculpted horns evoke aggression and destructive power. Long ears surround the animal's head, highlighting the relief of the snout. A sacrificial victim for ...


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Punu mask of Okuyi dance
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The African masks of Okuyi dances.
This face mask, evoking a deceased woman, is divided into two colours. It was exhibited during the dance named Okuyi. In addition to the braids gathered in shell that make up her hairstyle, a rich ornament composed of glass beads, cauris and raffia braid highlights the oval of the face entured with a wicker cord. Traditional checkered scarifications, mabinda, are gloomy.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies in Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete , and the Mwiri ("diriger"), the latter spanning several levels of initiation, to which all Punu men belonged, and whose emblem was the Caiman. The Punu did not involve any masks in the rituals of the Bwiti, unlike the Tsogo. These powerful ...


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Mask Pende Mbuya jia kifutshi
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It is the accessories and the hairstyle of the dancer that make it possible to identify in many cases the character embodied by a Pende mask, this copy being devoid. Wearing spikes, it is a chef or a dignitary fumu , who intercedes with the ancestors in order to guarantee his people benefits and security. More marked traits refer to pumbu, killer-justice. The male-looking mask features lowered eyelids that form the specificity of the Pende. Burgundy patina.
Hightop: 46 cm.
The Western Pende live on the banks of the Kwilu, while the Easterners have settled on the banks of the Kasai river downstream of Tshikapa. The influences of the neighbouring ethnic groups, Mbla, Suku, Wongo, Leele, Kuba and Salempasu, were imprinted on their large tribal art sculpture. Within this diversity ...


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Masque Tetela / Songye
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The large rictus of this mask reproduces that of some Songye fetishes depicted wearing a Kifwebe mask. A network of fine white-coated engravings, however, are combined with hollowed-out patterns dyed in dark red. Slightly abraded patina.
Eparated in the Kasai Basin, the Tetela of Mongo origin have been the source of incessant conflicts with their neighbours. They also participated extensively in the slave trade. Their very diverse sculpture is marked by the influence of groups living in contact with them: in the North, their art has been subjected to the influence of forest populations such as the Mongo, in the northwest that of Nkutschu, and in the west that of Binji and Mputu. The traditions Kuba were also a source of inspiration, as were those of the Songye to the southwest. ...


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Ndaaka mask in turtle shell
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This relatively flat mask was made in a certain type of turtle shell by the Ndaaka, a tribe of farmers living in contact with groups of pygmy hunters Mbuti within the ituri forest, north of umaniema . The latter's artistic productions have thus greatly influenced the ethnic groups in the region. On this mask, if the artist did not take advantage of the natural relief of the shell, volumes could be created at the cheeks, geometric scarifications enhancing their bulge. Frontal wrinkles are in pyrogravure, other lines highlight the facial features, a thin horizontal groove also divides the face through the nose. The natural contours of the lower part of the shell, almost jagged under the chin, evoke a small beard. Like many peoples, the Ndaaka have sought to appropriate the qualities of ...


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Large Fang mask of the Ngil
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This mask of justice, whose austere appearance is marked by gravity, has scarifications raised in grey. Dry white kaolin patina.
The appearance of these kaolin-coated masks (the white color evokes the power of ancestors), in the middle of the night, could cause dread. This type of mask was used by the ngil male society which no longer exists today. This secret society was in charge of initiations and fought against witchcraft. Ngil was a purifying fire rite symbolized by the gorilla. The wearers of these masks, always in large numbers, appeared at night, lit by torches. Their intervention was also linked to the judicial function by identifying the culprits of the bad deeds within the village. The Fang ethnic group, established in a region stretching from Yaounde in Cameroon to ...


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Large Bozo puppet mask
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Bozo polychrome works in The African Art of Mali.
This ancient zoomorphic puppet mask honors, for the Bozo, faro the genius of water. This Bozo puppet mask, with articulated fins held by a rubber tongue, is made in matte polychromy. Residual taral inlays on a flank.
The Bozo, mostly fishermen and farmers, live in the northern part of the Bambara country in the niger's inner delta and remain semi-nomadic today, moving their homes as seasonal floods continue. Mande-speaking people, they speak sorogama.  Within their group, we can distinguish the Sorko or Sorogo, the Hain, and the Tie.In addition to their remarkable traditional masks, the Bozo and Bambara are renowned for their puppets of varied size and frequently articulated, exhibited during the puppet theatre Sogow bo which ...


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Mask Punu Tsengi Okuyi
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African art Punu.
Classically wearing a high summit hull, and two small side duvets, the distinctive feature of this regular African tribal mask remains the frontal and jugal stripes, often tinged with red ochre, highlighting the mid-closed look in coffee beans, which would link it to the Tsengi and Ndzébi of the punu-bakaya region. Burgundy red polychromy, white kaolin and dark brown patina. Localized abrasions. The white masks of Gabon, itengi , (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri ("le"), the latter spanning into several levels of initiation, to which the belonged all the Punu men, and whose emblem was the caiman (hence, for some, the saurian scale diuse). The punu did not involve any masks in the ...


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Zaouli Dance Gouro Gu Mask
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African Masks Gouro from central Côte d'Ivoire
This monoxyle sculpture features a smiling female face, whose hairstyle is topped by a tambourine. The room is enhanced with dark and beige tones, plum reflections for the face.
Among the group of Mande in the south, in the center of Côte d'Ivoire, on the banks of the Bandama, the Gouro are organized in lineages, and constitute the western neighbors of the Baoulé who have borrowed several characteristics of their creations. Animists, they have been using a family of masks associated with the dy Zaouli. Indeed, like the African masks Goli des Baoulé, all Guro masks, related to the geniuses of nature, come in two zoomorphic masks followed by a third anthropomorph, who is considered the wife of the mask zamblé , the Gu . The Gu , ...


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Nyabwa Warrior Mask / Bété Ivory Coast
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Entanglement of disparate horns for this face mask of the beté/guéré ethnic group. The horns are nailed to the wooden surface forming the face and a band of hardened canvas conceals the base. The whole is coated with a crusty film where dark pigments mingle. A large toothed mouth appears between the horns. At the top, a magical charge was slipped into a canvas bag.
This is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the mask society gla of the population Wobé and Guéré , set called Wé or ", men who easily forgive", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou, these traditions having been passed on to them and taught by the Nyabwa. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn accompanied ...


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