|Dimensions||50 × 28.2 cm|
This mask comes from the Kwela people who live in Gabon’s vast equatorial rainforest. Kwela masks come in a variety of styles, colors and uses. The most common Kwela mask is a small heart-shaped face painted with white kaolin, almond eyes, a triangular nose, and usually no mouth. This more unusual Kwela mask features six stylized eyes – a sign that the wearer is looking for the unknown. The mask is used during the “Beite” ceremony, when the protective forest spirits are called into the village and use their powers to protect the community from pain and harm. Kwela masks are generally not worn on the dancers’ faces, but are placed on poles and displayed to the audience during the ceremony.
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