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Mask Head (Kagba or Navige)

A work made of wood and pigment.

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  • A work made of wood and pigment.

Date:

Early/mid-20th century

Artist:

Senufo
Korhogo, northern Côte d’Ivoire
Northern Africa and the Sahel

About this artwork

When it was performed, this antelope mask head was vertically attached to a tent-shaped construction made from twigs and colored fabric, which hid a male dancer underneath. Kagba appeared primarily at funerals and initiations organized by the all-male Poro association. The last sculptures of this type were apparently created in the early 1960s, when local iconoclastic movements and the unrest triggered by Côte d’Ivoire’s struggle for independence led to the cessation of these practices.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Senufo

Title

Mask Head (Kagba or Navige)

Place

Korhogo, Département de (Object made in)

Date

1900–1950

Medium

Wood and pigment

Dimensions

70 × 35 × 18 cm (27 1/2 × 13 3/4 × 7 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Anita Glaze

Reference Number

2019.1195

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