Africa | Ceremonial masked Dogon dancer. Mali | © Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography

Ceremonial mask worn by Dogon dancer. Dogon of Mali, West Africa Picture Gallery by Bryan & Cherry Alexander Photography. Arctic and Antarctic photography experts.

Africa | Pulo Yana masqueraders during the Dama ceremony, Sanga, Mali. ca. 1959 | ©Eliot Elisofon.

Africa | Pulo Yana masqueraders during the Dama ceremony, Sanga, Mali. ca. 1959 | ©Eliot Elisofon.

Yoruba Egungun Costume 13.Egungun, or "powers concealed," refers both to the nature of the masked dance and to the spiritual power of the ancestors it honors. Over time an egungun mask is built up with layer upon layer of local and imported cloth. Its many panels celebrate the wealth and status of all family members, living or dead. During a performance individual cloth strips fan out in every direction but the dancer's body is never revealed. (per Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)

Ẹ̀kù Egúngún - Yorùbá Masquerade Costume Egúngún are believed to be people from the dead who came to pay visit to the earth.

Danser uit Kameroen

Winner – Best Single Image in a Cultures and Traditions portfolio: Tribal dancer, Bafut, Cameroon - Photo: Phillip Lee Harvey

Africa | A man wearing a mask for a ritual in the Belgian Congo.  1947 | ©Eliot Elisofon

A man wearing a mask for a ritual in the Belgian Congo. Location: Belgian Congo Date taken: March 1947 Photographer: Eliot Elisofon

Dogon Satimbe mask

traditional African art objects available from Nieuwenhuysen

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