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Djimini Mask Do Society Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Djimini Mask Do Society Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object Face Mask
Country of Origin Northeastern Ivory Coast and Western Ghana
People Djimini see also Ligbe (or Jimini)
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age Mid 20th century
Height (in) 22.75
Width (in) 8.75
Dimensions Height: 22.75 Inches
Width: 8.75 Inches
Overall Condition Good to Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair chips, worn patina, arrested bug damage; see pictures for details.

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Though being heavily influenced by the neighboring Senufo in their art, the Ligbi/Ligbe and Djimini people of the Ivory Coast have incorporated these influences into their own identifiable style. Similar to Senufo "Kpeliyee/Kpelie" masks! This Ligbi version retains the Kpeliyee mask elements of the wings by the eyes and hairline, bird legs at the side of the face and the scarification marks on the face. Another mark of Ligbi origin is the use of the patterned scarification above the eyes and the elaborate coiffure very similar to the Baule hairstyles.

This wonderfully carved mask combining human and animal elements. Though the Ligbi people are predominately Islamized, masks with human faces surmounted by horns representing a ‘bush cow’ and called by them “Siginkuru-ayama” were worn by the men’s Do society who appeared to dance at the funerals of Moslem holy men and the ‘Id-Al-Fir’ ceremonies to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The use of masks such as this one with it’s with well carved abstracted human features were generally forbidden to Moslems by the Koran as they were required to not carve ‘human graven images’. The mask was worn with an elaborate costume consisting of a shirt, grass skirt and trousers made from locally woven cotton. Each time the mask is danced it is redecorated with the addition of paint to emphasize scarification and facial details it has however been cleaned and given a coat of wax to enhance it’s sculptural appeal.