Mask - Wood - DJIMINI - Côte d'Ivoire

Mask - Wood - DJIMINI - Côte d'Ivoire
2nd half 20th century - Excellent

Djimini Mask Ivory Coast
Like the Tagouana, the Djimini are Mande peoples from northern Ivory Coast. During the conquests of the Samory, they paid a heavy price because they refused to deal with them. Colonised by France on the 19th century, they have adopted the imported religion. For these two reasons, the statuary has almost disappeared among these peoples, explaining the rarity of this figurine. However, a few rare masks and figurines of which we had the certainty that these represented benevolent spirits, were kept. We can note the black patina of the surface of this mask,. This is due to Djimini art, who mastered the glazing of pottery by using tree resins, techniques which they reproduced on the surface of masks. We have forgotten the precise use of this mask. Nevertheless, it is still worn for masquerades during ceremonial rituals.
The Ligbi and the Djimini are Muslim craftsmen and merchants, who live in the north of Ivory Coast. They have an institution named Do or Lo, where the visible part of the ceremonies is performed in the form of a very colourful dance. If several masks are taken out for funerals, there are also more specific janiform or polychrome masks, used by the Djimini for the birth of twins.

Lot details
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
2nd half 20th century
Sold with stand
12×43×18 cm
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