By continuing your visit to this site , you accept the use of cookies to provide content and services best suited to your interests.
 GALERIE ART PREMIER AFRICAIN GALERIE ART PRIMITIF AFRICAIN AFRICAN ART GALLERY

GALERIE ART PREMIER AFRICAIN GALERIE ART PRIMITIF AFRICAIN AFRICAN ART GALLERY

Art Gallery the Eye and the Hand
 

Masques



 

Facial Kwele mask with horns, Gabon

€ 150,000.00
Facial mask with horns
Kwele, North-eastern Gabon
H 33cm
Wood, black pigment, kaolin

The black and white faceted horns are an echo of the heart-shaped face.White colour is a symbol of clarity and of light, essential elements in the struggle against witchcraft.The face is characteristic of the kwele style:a slightly cup-shaped face and eyes in projection stretched to the external edge of the mask. Only some masks, as it is the case of this one, is endowed with slits at the level of eyes assuring the vision of the dancer (more often they are simply displayed during the celebrations, and therefore devoid of orifices). 

The rare masks kwele (northeast ethnic group of the Gabon) are linked to the bwete cult, rituals of which are intended to move the wizards away.They also serve for the lifting of mourning and initiatory celebrations.Incarnation of protective geniuses of the forest, they carry animal or human features, or sometimes combination of these two forms. 

The signification of masks with human face and horns bent back is unaware:they were interpreted as representations of antelopes or of ram,  but the cosmogony underlying these forms is not clearly identified. 

The contrast between colours, the black lines according to curve of horns and the echo between the archs of the eyebrows and the curves of the eyes confer to this mask all its plastic beauty.


african art / art africain / primitive art / art primitif / arts premiers / art gallery / art tribal / tribal art / l'oeil et la main / galerie d'art premier / Agalom / Armand Auxiètre / www.african-paris.com / www.agalom.com
 
Basket
Informations
Catalog
Search
Translations
Menu
Newsletter
Links
Publicités
var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-5612308-4']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();