Title Bidjogo Horned Bush Cow Mask Dugn'Be Guinea Bissau African Art
Type of Object Bush Cow Mask
Country of Origin Guinea Bissau
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 16
Width (in) 27
Depth (in) 25
Other Dimensions 13-26 mm thick, 1.25 inches long . See picture with penny for
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two
continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes
and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and
extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report
any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures
which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Some oxidation.
Although not much is known about the origins of the Bidjogo, their language
definitely connects them with the current occupants of the coastal mainland. It
is known that at one time mainland peoples related to the Bidyogo extended far
north along the coast into present day Mauritania and were gradually forced
south as a result of southward Amazigh movement. The earliest written
references to the Bissagos Islands and the people who live on them dates to
1456, when a Portuguese explorer (Alvise da Cadamosto) described them in his
travels. Throughout the 17th century the islands were used as a port for ships
intent on exporting slaves. In the late 19th century the archipelago was
colonized as part part of Portuguese Guinea.
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