Strong Dance Mask Tshogo – Vuvi – Gabon
In good condition, but with slight surface damage due to age. It stems from the 1930- 1940 period. On stand.
Provenance: Ex – Collection of Dr. Helmuth Zimmermann, greater Düsseldorf area, Germany. Obtained by him on one of his hunting trips in the region during the 1950s and early 1960s.Bought from his son by P. Westerdijk in 2016.
The Bwiti masks of the Tshogo and their neighbours the Vuvi show so many similarities that a strict division between them is next to impossible. Marking features are the combination of well- defined eyebrows, long and narrow eyeslits, a small triangular nose, a dented oval mouth and a rectangular bar between mouth and chin. The oval shape of the face is unbroken. Here the extra element is an oval section on the forehead filled with red. The rest of the mask is in black and white. These masks were worn during Bwiti cult dances, at funerals and initiations in the open air. Very dry interior and support stick for holding the mask between the teeth while dancing.
Literature: Yves le Fur (ed.): Les Forêts Natales, Paris, 2017, pp. 320 – 325. See more especially p. 324 for a much similar item.
Dimensions: 38 x 23 x 14 cm.
Region / People: The Tshogo / Vuvi live in south central Gabon.
Material: low density wood of the Alstonia group.
Weight: 0.940 kg.
Sold with handwritten declaration of authenticity by Dr. P. Westerdijk, museum ethnologist and cultural anthropologist specialized, for over 50 years now, in the study of the material cultures in African nations that live south of the Sahara.
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- Dance Mask Tshogo
- Grupo étnico/cultura
- Región / país
- Proviene del período 1930-1940
- En buen estado, usado con algunos signos de desgaste
- Se vende con soporte
- 38×23×14 cm
- 0.94 kg