13,000 Mitsogo live in the forested highlands
of south-central Gabon. Mitsogo religion centered around ancestors
who were believed to wield power in the afterlife as they had as
living leaders of the community. Masks still play a big role in the
culture of Mitsogo people. The masks, which represent supernatural
beings, are worn during harvest festivals, initiation ceremonies and
funerals. The kaolin white surface is simialar to the masks worn by
their neighbors, the Fang, the Punu and Kwele.
Height: 50" (including "beard") or 29 1/2" without it x Width: 12" x Depth: 7"