Rare Ceremonial Mask
Nafana Peoples, Cote d' Ivoire
Materials: wood, metal, (kaolin) organic clay
The Nafana are a Senufo people living in the north-west of Ghana and the north-east of Côte d’Ivoire, in the area east of Bonduku. Bedu masks belonged to one of the many secret societies for which members required initiation. During the initiation period, young boys are taught about good social values, health, and community harmony. Also, Bedu dancers (masqueraders) use a month-long New Year’s celebrations to reinforce fertility and good crop yields.
This mask has exceptional sculptural value. Its large size, obvious rarity, age and color scheme make it ideal for display in a contemporary setting, as well as part of a typical African art collection. Own it!
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