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Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)
Possible minor imperfections and wear & tear, including but not limited to scuffing, cracking and minimal chipping. Possible previous repairs. See photos or inquire for more details.
Colorful Nafana Bedu Mask 28.5″ – Ivory Coast – African Art
About the Nafana People
Located in the north-east part of Ivory Coast and north-west region of Ghana, the Nafana people are part of the Senufo ethnolinguistic group. Their main language is Nafaanra, although they are surrounded by many different languages in neighboring tribes. They arrived in the area they reside in now in the 17th century after the Ligbi people. They are mostly farmers and have a large celebratory Festival referred to as the Sumgbee Fiesta every year.
About the Bedu Mask
The Bedu masks are commonly danced in ceremonies in Nafana society and are thought to rid the village of toxic energy and bad spirits. The dancer wearing this style of mask would cover his entire body with raffia and tie the mask to his head. You would generally only see the Bedu mask used at New Year festivities once a year.