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MASQUE NAFANA, BEDU
A NAFANA MASK, BEDU
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MASQUE NAFANA, BEDU A NAFANA MASK, BEDU

GHANA/CÔTE D'IVOIRE

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MASQUE NAFANA, BEDU
A NAFANA MASK, BEDU
Ghana/Côte d'Ivoire
Hauteur: 139.7 cm. (55 in.)
Provenance
Celeste et Armand Bartos, New York
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This mask can be related to those published in René A Bravmann, Islam and Tribal Art in West Africa, Cambridge University Press, 1974 (pp.101-118).
According to Bravmann, this mask comes from three communities, the Nafan, the Kulango and the Degho people, in the Bondoukou region, Ivory Coast. In 1902 Maurice Delafosse noticed a Bedu mask made of clay emerging from a "Sakaza Bonnou" shrine wall, the place where Bedu people practice their cult.
The mask's role, either female or male, is mainly social: prevention of disease, fertilization and social control. The oldest Bedu mask ever found is now in the British Museum and was collected at the end of the XIX century by Sir Cecil Armitage (inv. no. Af1934,-.2).

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Ce masque peut se comparer à ceux publiés par René A Bravmann in Islam and Tribal Art in West Africa, Cambridge University Press, 1974 (pp.101 118).
Selon Bravmann, ce masque est présent dans la région de Bondoukou en Côte d'Ivoire, dans trois ethnies apparentées: Les Nafana, les Kulango et les Degho. C'est en 1902 que Maurice Delafosse a remarqué un masque Bedu modelé à la glaise sur la paroi d'un sanctuaire "Sakaza Bonnou", le culte auquel le bedu est raccordé. Le rôle du masque, masculin et féminin, est éminement social: prévention des maladies, fertilité, contrôle social.
Le plus ancien bedu collecté en Afrique est conservé au British Museum recueilli par Sir Cecil Armitage à la fin du XIXème siècle. (inv no. Af1934,-.2).

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