NAFANA BEDU MASKS, Ivory Coast

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

Nafana 11
86" high
$900 

 

Nafana 13
80" high
$800

Nafana 22
74" high
$700 


 

Nafana 23
78" high
$700

Nafana 28
46" high
$700



Photographs © Hamill Gallery

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. They are, however, fragile and expensive to ship (except for 17 and 28). On the front view the eye holes are blacked out as if worn; the back views are uncovered.

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