The Musee Cantini in Marseilles is currently holding an exhibition of 177 examples of African Art from fifteen countries in West and Central Africa.
GV Marseilles Harbour area (2 shots)
GV EXT Museum
MV "Art Exhibition" sign.
GV INT Room with exhibits.
CU Ivory Coast masks
SV Several masks from Ivory Coast
CU Head in dried mud
GV Sculpture group -- including Man & Woman of Waka Sona & Mythological head.
MV Oil pot in wood & oil spoon in wood.
CU Wood & nails mask from Ivory Coast
SV Visitor looks at exhibits
CU Gold mask
CU Man looking.
CU Hanging mask-head-dress & wood/wicker coiffed from Upper Volta (2 shots)
SCU Ewenka Mask & Do Cult Mask.
SV Feminine statues from Upper Volta
MV Antilope Mask.
CU Wooden door from Ivory Coast.
CU L to R Nboulou-Ngoulou figure, Jet knife from Gabon & Nboulou & Ngoulou
CU Bwete Relicary figure & Nboulou-Ngoulou figure
CU Two Konde magic figures And in B/G. Fetish from the Congo (2 shots)
CU TILT DOWN MASK figure from Congo-Kinshasa in wood & pearls.
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Background: The Musee Cantini in Marseilles is currently holding an exhibition of 177 examples of African Art from fifteen countries in West and Central Africa.
The "Gle" -- a head made of dried mud and feathers -- is said to possess magic powers and protect its owner.
Waka Sona man and woman figures are symbols of fertility -- while an iron and wood animal's head has a mythological significance in the Baoule district of the Ivory Coast.
Of more practical use are a wooden container and spoon for oil -- loaned by the Museum of African and Oceanic Arts in Paris.
Masks in various materials caused interest -- one in wood and nails is of the type worn by the Poro society indicating the trade of social function of its wearer. Or, in gold, as worn by chiefs of the Ashanti federation on their swords to commemorate a victory.
From Upper Volta a Head-dress Mask as worn during funerals in the Toussain region. Or one in wood and wicker as worn by future ironsmiths.
Mythical birds are used by the inhabitants of the Bobo regions of Upper Volta for Ewenka and Do Cult masks.
Two delicate wooden figures loaned by the Ethnographic Museum of Antwerp represent an ancestral coupe of the Poro society.
An interesting contribution from the Museum of Man in Paris is a wooden door with carved figures representing the heroes of village fables.
Gabon is represented by several "nboulou-ngoulou" sculptures -- of the type placed in ancestral coffins as the "image of the spirit of the dead person."
On loan from the Marine Museum in Marseilles and the Museum of African and Oceanic Arts in Paris, several magic fetishes in wood, iron and skin.
And, finally, from Congo-Kinshasa, a mask in wood, beads and shell -- loaned by the belgian Royal Museum of Central Africa.
The exhibition continues until the end of May.