This is a rare example of Kwele masks from a Belgian collection.
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The Kwele people occupy the forest-filled land between the Dja and Ivindo rivers of West Africa, are known for their ceremonial masks. Representative of good-natured forest spirits and resembling people or animals, the masks are traditionally painted with white kaolin earth, a symbol of light and clarity. Believing that death, sickness, and other misfortune is caused by witchcraft, the Kwele people engage in the beete ritual - an event that is meant to protect Kwele communities from evil spirits. The beete ritual begins with a group of men going on an antelope hunt, and the antelope mask represents these sacrificed animals.
- Kwele Antelope mask
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Gabon / DRC
- Late 20th century
- Good condition, used with some signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 58×18×9 cm