White Mask - Tsogo Vuvi - Gabon
Provenance: private collection, Belgium.
Dimensions: 31 x 22 cm.
Materials: wood, kaolin.
The use of kaolin in important quantities is quite frequent for the sculptors of Gabon. Indeed, we can find some on many masks among the Fang, the Punu, the Kwele, etc.
Furthermore, we can observe a quite geometric style with simplified features.
The headdress of this mask, without kaolin, is carved in zigzags and attests of a certain Lumbo/Lumbu influence. Nevertheless, the plane surface of the face with simplified features and details allows us to attribute this African mask to the Tsogo Vuvi.
They are established in the centre-south of Gabon.
They are ethnic groups living in the forest. For them, masks are in charge of ensuring the link between the ancestral past and the present. It is both an image and a symbol, an identity reference in the service of education. The mask is also a means of communication with the spirits of the deceased, an intermediary between Earth and the hereafter. We cannot dissociated the mask from its environment, it appears at night, at the sound of the drum and at the light of the torches.
The mask is in the centre of secret societies (the mwiri, the okukwe and the bwiti), which are in charge of tribal affairs (both social and religious) and of the maintain of public order.
Masks of this quality (in terms of typology and matter) and in such a good state of preservation, are not common.
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Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, Africa, ethnographic.
- Máscara ancestral Mwiri
- Región / país
- Tsogo Vuvi
- 1ª mitad siglo XX
- Vintage - usado con señales de desgaste
- Se vende con soporte
- 31×22×0 cm