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


Bidjogo crest mask
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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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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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