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The Bidjogo ethnic group is established in the Bissagos archipelago of Guinea Bissau.


Bidjogo bull mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bidjogo mask

Mask with horns, it comes from the Bidjogo, established in the Bissagos archipelago composed of about thirty islands located off the coast of Guinea-Bissau. A burgundy patina enhances this mask representing a bovine head supported by a massive neck. The mask is worn before or at the end of initiation ceremonies by a young initiate, the "cabaro", who bends and rears his head, conveying the idea of a vigorous but still untamed young animal, and the need to go through the initiation process in order to acquire discipline and mastery. This type of masks appear nowadays for entertainment parties and on the occasion of the passage of distinguished visitors. These masks called vaca bruto in Portuguese Creole were displayed on the prow of the ships of the warlords. It was Portuguese sailors ...


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Bidjogo arm disc
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Tribal art > Jewels > Bidjogo Ornament

Circular and flat, this bidjogo ornament is an adornment that was worn on the arm. It is coated with contrasting polychrome patterns, summarily applied.
Patina of use, matte, abrasions.
Height on base: 40 cm.
Their raids in large canoes along the African coasts forged the Bidjogos of the Bissagos Islands in Guinea Bissau a reputation as daring warriors. In order to exalt their qualities, the initiation ceremonies staged 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 makes a living from fishing. Other zoomorphic masks are produced, some related to aquatic fauna, as well as triangular-faced statues embodying deities, named ...


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Bidjogo crest mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bidjogo mask

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 ...


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Masque Bidjogo Dung be
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Tribal art > African mask > Masque Dung'be

This African zoomorphic mask with real horns comes from the Bis sagos Archipelago, which is made up of about 30 islands off the coast of Guinea-Bissau. On this massive piece representing a bovine head a nylon string attached to the hollowed-out nostrils goes around the head. A double cord also cents the ringed massive neck, the cords of which meet under the mask. The eyes with glass pupils and the horns are highlighted with animal fur. The mask is painted bright red, the features highlighted in white. This mask participated in traditional ceremonies, usual abrasions, cracks. The mask is worn before or at the end of the initiation ceremonies, by a young initiate. cabaro, which will bend and bend, conveying the idea of a vigorous but still untamed young animal, and the need to go ...


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