This African mask was exhibited during the Okuyi. Wearing voluminous double cups, her scarified, checkered patterns on the forehead, mabinda, also highlight her wide face with high cheekbones. These keloid marks are associated, according to some authors, with the nine clans that founded the Kongo kingdom.
Abraded matt two-tone patina, desiccation cracks.
The white masks of Gabon, itengi, (pl. bitengi) were associated with the various secret societies of Gabon, including the Bwiti, Bwete, and the Mwiri i> ("to lead"), the latter being spread over several levels of initiation, and to which all the Punu men belonged. Its emblem was the caiman.
These powerful secret societies, which also had a judicial function, featured several dances, including the leopard dance, the Esomba, the Mukuyi, and the i> Okuyi, on stilts, remaining the most widespread.
Abraded matte patina, slight lacks.
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