210969 - Tribal used African Galoa mask - Gabon.


Tribal used African Old mask from the Galoa, Gabon.

This finely crafted object depicts female face.

Hand carved from a single piece of colorful painted wood, with scar tattoos.

Height: 33 cm.

The Galoa people settled in the lakes area, near the Atlantic shore, and carved rectangular masks bearing triangular motifs designed with pigments. These masks are worn during important ceremonies such as the death of a prominent chief or the birth of twins. Through the power and authority believed to be inherent in them, the bearer of the mask can regulate the social life of the Galoa villagers.