AFRICAN HOMAGE

Tsogo

The Tsogo or Mitsogo are part of the Bantu people of Central Africa established in Ngounié, Gabon. Neighbours of the Kwele, the Fang, the Pende, the Kota, they are traditional farmers.
The Tsogo are known for their rituals and religious ceremonies to conduct initiation, including Bwiti (knowledge of the world) , or Mwiri (warrior training of men) and Nyembe which is an institution to teach young women their role and function in the society.

This mask is a marriage mask. It represents feminity.
The face is traditionally white with a red forehead, the characteristic “M” shaped eye brows, a thin triangular nose and a small delicate mouth.

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