Adouma , Objet art of the ethnic Adouma -
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The African masks of the Adouma people in the Ogowe basin in Gabon are recognizable by facial traits that are accentuated using the geometry of flat solid colours. These stylized faces, whitened with kaolin and further emphasized with a red powder extract coming from Tukula bark, are common to several cultures. They embody the cultural continuum formed by this contact zone, where stylistic and cultural borrowing has renewed plastic creation through the course of migration and exchange along the river Ogowe. Hence, the uncertainty surrounding the use of masks from this region.

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