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    LIGBE, Ivory Coast, Ghana
    Mask

    Wood, pigments, fiber, bite stick

    The Ligbe moved west from Ghana into the Ivory Coast, where their arts are now so heavily influenced by those of their Senufo neighbors that it is often quite difficult to distinguish between them. The Ligbe men's society, "Do" or "Lo" is in decline; it now uses its masks and Senufo "Kpelie" masquerades in celebrating Muslim festivals, such as that held at the end of Ramadan, or for the funerals of Muslim Clerics. The Ligbe are heavily Islamized and live primarily as artists and traders among or nearby the dominant Senufo population.

    Like the present example, most Ligbe masks resemble Senufo female "Kpelie" masks, except for their smooth black painted surface with color accents, different facial scarification patterns and some variety in hairstyles on top of the head. Bush cow horns, antelope horns seen in the present example, or beard like structures are common and indicate that the Ligbe, like the Senufo, respected the powers the animals represented. Semicircular projections on the mask rim, and down turned curving projections below them probably represent ears and locks of hair, respectively, just as they do on Senufo "Kpelie" masks.

    The presence of a well-used bite stick on the back of the present mask is a good indication of use. This stick is gripped in the dancer's teeth to keep the mask in place in vigorous dances.

    Provenance:
    The Robert V. Berg Collection

    Read more about the Robert V. Berg Collection here.



    Height: 16 inches



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