"Dungh'bé", wooden mask which represents realistically the head of a cow, with natural horns, glass eyes, leather ears and mouth half open with tongue out. In the back, next to the piece of wood that forms the nape, is applied a bird, also sculpted in wood. On both sides, fringes of palm leaf. Used by young Bidjogo pre-initiatory age class "cabaro" in ritual performances.


  • Title: Dungh'bé wooden mask
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location Created: Ancadaque, Formosa island, Bidjogo Archipelago, Guinea Bissau
  • Physical Dimensions: 54 cm
  • Type: Masks
  • Rights: Collection: National Museum of Ethnology. Image: DGPC/ADF
  • Medium: Wood
  • Catalog number: MNE: AK.828

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