INITIATION MASK Vuvi
Tsogho Culture, Gabon
First half of the 20th century
Wood and pigments
Vuvi masks can be recognized by their stylistic treatment and expression.
Thus, the face of this mask is ovoid, the forehead very slightly curved, the eyebrows in an arc of a circle, the nose short, the eyes in crescents of the moon, the mouth, well detached from the chin, presents fine lips. The mouth opens on openwork teeth treated in four vertical lines.
Monochrome pigmentation is added to the graphic and relief lines. Covered in kaolin, the mask presents a duality: white for the face and the brown colour of natural wood for the contours and the two horns that animate the upper part of the mask.
These masks were danced during night ceremonies of the initiatory society of Bwété. They were then bearers of spirits called Moghondzi.
- Former Bernard Dulon collection, Paris.
- Former Didier Claes collection, Brussels.
- Former Daniel Hourdé collection, Paris.
- Former private collection since 2005, Paris.
- Reference Yale University GRV: 0026535-02
Delevery information :
All items are sent by registered mail, insured.
Rates on request.
Delivery and installation possible.
26 000 €
5 500 €