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A fine Eastern Pende Panya-Gombe African mask. Coll.: David Norden

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Bidjogo's puppets

Two bidjogo's puppets 15cm high (c) David Norden. 2005

In the Bijagos Islands of Guinea-Bissau, the Bidyogo carve rather simplified human figures seated on stools, bowls supported by human figures with human and animal forms on the lids, and staffs with figures on them. 

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They also carve naturalistic masks of wild bulls, which are carried on the prow of the royal war canoe and also used in dances. Their buildings are round and often painted.

 

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