This anthropo-zoomorphic mask was used during initiatory rites of the
kore secret society (the ceremony is called n'golo).
This mask served as an intermediary between the ancestors, the world
of the dead ones, and the world of the living ones.
Half human and half antelope, with « combed » surface
engraved into the wood in order to attract « vibrations »
from the audience and to give power to the performer (see attached
video). At the time of these ceremonies, the mask, then inert and
secular, became the attribute of a dressed up dancer which gave it
life and word. Because this is only through the movement, and through
the dancer more particularly, that the mask finds its effectiveness.
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