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Mama Mangam Crest Mask (N° 18530)
This type of crest mask embodying a bush spirit combines animal features such as a beak and high paprallele horns rising from a rounded base. These very clean masks, associated with mangam ceremonies of Mama, or Kantana, whose buffalo masks are better known, are used within the ethnic group by members of a male association responsible for maintaining social order and increasing or promoting agricultural production. It is indeed north of the Benoué that several ethnic groups produce very stylized masks worn horizontally. Pink ochre granular patina. Traces of use are revealed under the base.
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This mask whose horns symbolize fertility is therefore danced at parties related to agricultural fertility and sometimes human fertility.
The Mama buffalo masks are kept in the sacred wood and are brought back to the village to accompany the deceased into the world of the afterlife or to participate in the induction of a chief.
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