NAFANA BEDU MASKS, Ivory Coast


Nafana 11
86" high
$900
 


 

Nafana 13
80" high
$800


  

Nafana 17
46" high
$350



 

Nafana 22
74" high
$700


 

Nafana 23
78" high
$600

The masks below have been sold and are left here for reference and educational purposes.


 

Nafana 1
SOLD


 

Nafana 2
SOLD


 

Nafana 3
SOLD


 

Nafana 4
SOLD


 

Nafana 5
SOLD


 

Nafana 8
SOLD


 

Nafana 10
SOLD


  

Nafana 12
SOLD


 

Nafana 14
SOLD


  

Nafana 15
SOLD


 

Nafana 16
SOLD


Nafana 18
SOLD


Nafana 19
SOLD


Nafana 21
SOLD


 

Nafana 24
SOLD


 

Nafana 25
SOLD


 

Nafana 26
SOLD


 

Nafana 20
SOLD

Photographs © Tim Hamill

These huge polychrome plank masks known as Bedu are danced in ceremonies designed to rid the village of harmful spirits. 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.

Despite their appearance and patina, we believe these masks were probably made to be sold.

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