Lot: 181

Ancestor mask "moghondzi"

Gabon, Vuvi / Tsogho / Sango

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
collected in 1927
Pierre Robin, "Arts primitifs", Paris, France
H: 14 inch 3500 EUR / 8000 EUR

wood, kaolin, hide, base Masks of the Vuvi are controlled by the "bwete" men's initiation society. Masked dancers (wearing "moghondzi" masks) emerge from the dark forest at night, symbolising deceased ancestors pleased with the new initiates—they are said to arrive from the land of the dead, the land of "kombe", the guardian of the "village of the dead".