Skip to product information
1 of 6

Ethnika.antiques

#4095 Huge Old African Plank Nafana Bedu Mask Ivory Coast 69" H

#4095 Huge Old African Plank Nafana Bedu Mask Ivory Coast 69" H

Regular price $2,500.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $2,500.00 USD
Sale Sold out
Superb Huge NAFANA, Bedu Mask hand carved of one piece of wood,
with amazing colors( Black, white ,rust and blue)
Such plank masks are among the largest masks in Africa. The form of the Bedu mask represents a mythical buffalo-like animal that plays an important role in the New Year’s celebration in the Bondoukou regions of north-west of Ghana and the north-east of Côte d’Ivoire. Bedu masquerade is the focus of the month-long New Year’s celebrations, the winter solstice festival called Zaurau, where a pair of dancers perform with masks, one male and the other female. The gender of a mask is readily identified: male masks often have horns while female masks incorporate a large disk.
. All have a shallow box-like extension on the back that functions to support the mask on the dancer's head. They are not as heavy as their size would indicate and can therefore be hung on a wall .
 69" h by 25" w by 5" D
View full details