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Mask – Wood – Kwele – Gabon


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A stylistic wooden gorilla mask from the KWELE / BAKWELE people of Gabon
Good condition with beautiful aged patina spread with kaolien.
This type of mask is used by the beete cult, to honour the male gorilla, considered in primitive mythology, to be the clan’s founding father, a mythical ancestor, and Lord of the Earth. In the beete cult of the Kwele people, the gon mask embodies the primordial wild and untamed nature.

Provenance: Justin Barthels (1934-2021), gallery owner Maastricht (NL).

Object Mask
Ethnic group: Kwele
Country: Gabon
Material: Wood
Estimated period: Mid 20th century
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 38x15x15 cm
Weight: 1200 gram
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear


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