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Bidjogo crest mask (N° 19995)

Crest bifacial plate, whose iconography comes from the marine world. Grainy surface, cracks and erosions. Their raids in large dugout canoes along the African coasts gave the Bidjogos a reputation as daring warriors. To exalt their qualities, initiation ceremonies featured animal masks reflecting power, courage and agility, their dances matching the nature of the animal represented.
This population cultivates rice in the swampy regions, and also ensures its subsistence from fishing. Other zoomorphic masks are produced, some related to aquatic fauna, as well as statues with triangular faces embodying deities, named iran which have an apotropaic function and are placed in the shelter of shrines.
Sources: "Animal masks of black Africa" ed. Sepia; "African masks" ed. Adam Biro.  

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OriginCollection P. Malisse
EthnyBidjogo
CountryGuinée
Material(s)wood, plant fibre
Height26
Depth12
Width54
Weight0.80 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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