Lot: 274

Anthropomorphic face mask

Gabon, Vuvi

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Colonial Collection (~1950) H: 11.4 inch 3000 EUR / 6000 EUR

wood, white earth "pemba", red pigment, grass fibre, Only little is known about the usage of Vuvi masks in Central Gabon. They know a mask type which represents the spirit being "moghondzi" and which - announced by the sound of drums - appears only by night. According to J. Bonhomme "moghondzi" embody dead ancestors coming back to visit living people.