Saturday, June 2, 2012

Côte d'Ivoire - Ancestral Heritage

1. Oubi man in ceremonial mask with a polychrome wooden sword. Near Tai.

2. Guere ceremonial dance mask. Guiglo region.

3. The ritual dance language is a means of communication with the invisible world, the gods and the ancestors' souls.

4. Ceremonial sword bearer, Atie country.

5. Alepe. During the annual ceremonies, an Atie virgin brings on his head the symbolic effigy of leopard taking a prey in its mouth.

6. Atie drums carried in procession by the young people.

7. Six strings arched harp player in ceremonial dress.

8. Senufo chief in festive dress. Near Korhogo.

9. Actor participating in a commemorative festival. Alepe region.

10. Waniougo mask used by Senufo initiates that recall the chaotic state of the primeval universe.

11. Ceramic votive statuettes. Near Grand Bassam and Bonua.

12. Guro mask representing a large antelope. Near Vavoua.

13, 14. Guere Masks.

15. Senufo cloth with ornamental motifs representing the mythological animals of primeval times. Around Korhogo.


Janas said...

Scans source: B. Holas - Cultures matérielles de la Côte d'Ivoire. Republique de la Côte d'Ivoire, Ministere de l'Education Nationale, Centre de Sciences Humaines. Presses Universitaires de France, 1960.

Janas said...

Welcome Bonestaak1. Thanks for your appreciation and for the link, nice picture!

zhao said...

these are amazing! thanks Janas!!!!!!!

Janas said...

You're welcome, dear Zhao. I'm glad you like these images.