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Tsogo mask - Wood - Gabon

Lot reference 30067965

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$27 Bidder 1757
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Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Tsogo mask
Region/ country: Gabon
Material: Wood
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 44×21×44 cm

Although geographically preserved within its inhospitable mountains, the Tsogo country is located at the crossroads of clearly distinct stylistic tendencies.

Thus, the Tsogo culture stands at the converging point of inputs and beliefs, that it seemingly aimed to syncretise by a religious and mystical vocations.

Used during nocturnal ceremonies of the initiatory society of the Bwété, these masks are ritual objects, hidden from the sight of non-initiates.
These intervene as supernatural manifestations, materialising the multitude of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic entities, used as symbols by the brotherhood’s esoteric teachings.
Therefore, the mask has the function to visualise the colourful pantheon and to proliferate symbolic images evoked by initiatory tales. Among the Mitsogo and within the Bwété society, the mask has a double function.
Sacred object only reserved to initiates at night, the same mask appears at day, visible to everyone, taking an ambiguous role:
in this case, it still causes fear, but also becomes an excuse to play a game.

During the diurnal rejoicings which pursue the Bwété ceremonies, we can observe real scenes in which unmasked persons, but who are travestied or rigged out with ridiculous tawdry rags, incarnate kinds of buffoons playing the part of anecdotal figures, in smutty or satirical scenes in which the history of the tribe is evoked, as well as its quarrels with neighbouring tribes.

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Catawiki member since April 26, 2019, received 29 reviews in total (29 in last 12 months)

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    very nice Tutto molto bello Come da descrizione Grazie
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    Gygio November 5, 2019

  • poer craftsmanship

    user-5aca1bf October 3, 2019

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    All right.
    Good packing
    Thank you
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    ARIEL166 September 5, 2019

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    très bien fait,top
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    Lucassen3 August 6, 2019

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    Très beau bouclier qui est arrivé en très bon état, car il était parfaitement emballé. Il a déjà trouvé sa place dans la décoration africaine de la maison. Un grand merci. Cordialement, Raoul
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    user-24fd5af August 5, 2019

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    I love it. To recommend
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    user-c851529 July 31, 2019

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    Wie beschrieben, gut verpackt
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    user-6ab0a03 July 16, 2019

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    Colis bien emballé, bonne réception , beau masque.
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    user-72a4e94 July 15, 2019

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    Mooi!
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    user-a528b48 July 8, 2019

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    masque sans valeur : présentant bien plus que de l'usure puisqu'une oreille est cassée mais en plus les plaques basses du visage sont manquantes et leur fixations cachées par une patine recente.
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    carnopunique July 5, 2019

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    Bonjour Mr Laurens,

    le masque a été collecté dans cet état il y a plusieurs années.
    Il faisait parti d'un collection familial et je l'ai toujours connu et vu tel quel.
    Je peux vous affirmer et vous confirmer qu' aucunes restaurations "récentes"n'a été faite sur le masque.
    Je suis formelle.
    Bien à vous.
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    Excellent bonne livraison un grand merci superbe masque
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    user-72a4e94 June 29, 2019

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    Wundervoll, wie beschrieben. Sehr gut verpackt
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    user-6ab0a03 June 26, 2019

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    Très bien !
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    phil7533 June 23, 2019

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    Schöne Maske, wie beschrieben
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    user-6ab0a03 June 21, 2019

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    Parfait. merci ! Laurent
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    maisonhilarion June 11, 2019

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    Envío realizado en plazo y forma, nada que objetar.
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    user-43f66d2 June 5, 2019

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    Nice object,not very expensive.Delivered in time,wellpacked
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    steenhouwer June 5, 2019

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    Merci
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    user-f4cb8b2 May 30, 2019

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    Sehr schöne Maske, wie beschrieben
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    user-6ab0a03 May 23, 2019

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    Masque reçue très rapidement, bien conditionnée et en bonnes conditions
    Dommage le support de la masque pas inclus, j’aurais payé le support
    Merci
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    pedroclemente2 May 15, 2019

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