Va zoomorphic mask, Vabou Mumuye, Nigeria African... - Lot 100 - Arthema Auction

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Va zoomorphic mask, Vabou Mumuye, Nigeria African... - Lot 100 - Arthema Auction
Va zoomorphic mask, Vabou Mumuye, Nigeria African Mumuye masks were used for ceremonies marking the end of the initiation periods of the "sons of va"... and for major events. Each group had a mask carved to symbolize its identity - buffalo, monkey, leopard, etc. - which was called a va or vabou. The mask takes the form of a helmet, the angular top of which is extended horizontally by a bird's head. Large, gaping pupils have been placed beneath this projection, giving the object a fantastic appearance. Velvety matte patina with resin residue 43 x 18 cm Sold without base The statuary emanating from the northwestern region of Middle Benue, from the Kona Jukun to the Mumuye and Wurkun populations, is characterized by a relative absence of ornamentation and refined stylization. The 100,000 Adamawa speakers form a group called Mumuye and are grouped into villages, dola, divided into two groups: those of fire ( tjokwa ), related to blood and the color red, guardians of the vabong cult, among whom chiefs are elected, and those of water, ( tjozoza ), related to humidity and the color white. It is among the latter that the priests of rain are chosen, initiates of the vadosong cult. To be used by both Mumuye groups, the different colors of the same cult object, mask or statue, are applied by each member of the corresponding group.
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