Large ZOOMORPHIC MASK Bedu Culture Nafana, North East of the Ivory Coast First half of the 20th century

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    Culture Nafana, North East of Ivory Coast
    First half of the 20th century
    Wood and pigments
    H .: 190; L .: 55 cm

    Important mask with a wooden blade depicting a stylized antelope fully pigmented in black, brown and white. A large pair of horns form the blade of the mask and meet at the top in a ring. The face is flat, lozenge-shaped, treated symmetrically in two lateral halos of clear pigments and pierced with two holes for the eyes. A horizontal median refers to the ears, just before the large rectangular and vertical section of the blade. This set is pigmented black and white arranged in a checkerboard pattern.

    It is said that these masks danced in pairs, one female and one male, on the occasion of funeral and agrarian feasts and had a role of healer and protector of the harvests. Male masks, as is the case here, were carved with a pair of horns merged into a ring at the end of the blade. The female masks were carved in more detail.


    Style Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)
    Century 20th century (African Masks 20th century)
    Materials Wood
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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