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Gabon, présence des esprits

"Mukuyi" Mask: The Punu People (Gabon)Wood, kaolin, pigments, H: 34 cmMusée DapperPhoto courtesy of Musée Dapper
"Mukuyi" Mask: The Punu People (Gabon)
Wood, kaolin, pigments, H: 34 cm
Musée Dapper
Photo courtesy of Musée Dapper
Gabon, présence des esprits
PARIS  •  Musée Dapper  •  Ongoing

Some 130 scluptures and masks from the African country Gabon are on view at this exceptional French museum.

For example, incredibly similar to Japanese nô masks, mukuyi masks (image at left) have been highly regarded by Western collectors since the beginning of the century. They are used in funeral ceremonies by dancers on stilts. The use of white kaolin pigment is associated with death.

"Mukuyi" Mask at the left

Musée Dapper Web Site

Click here for a Culturekiosque review with photos of the exhibition The Magical Faces of Africa at the Dapper Museum.

Contact: Musée Dapper
35 rue Paul Valéry
75116 Paris
Tel: (33) 01 45 00 91 75

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