Bidjogo Bull Heads
Hammerhead Mask 2
9.5" high x 21" wide
Most well known for their Bull masks, the Bidjogo also have masks of swordfish or sawfish and hammerhead sharks.
Bovine masks are most popularly depicted throughout the Bidjogo ceremonies. Men at the Cabaro stage, about 17-27, show their strength through dance and wear the heaviest costumes and masks. With the background noise of drum beats, shouting from the crowd and kicked-up dust, the dancer portrays the concept of an untamed animal. The idea behind this dance is to show that the man is now physically strong, but has not fully matured enough behaviorally to take on the responsibilities of supporting a family or making decisions for his village.
Information from In the Presence of Spirits, published by the Museum for African Art, New York Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, Gent
Image by D. Gallois Duquette. From the book In the Presence of Spirits published by the Museum for African Art, New York Snoeck-Ducaju & Zoon, Gent
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