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Young KIKUYU on cicumcision Day, Kenya. During initiations junior warriors of the KIKUYU painted their faces and bodies and wore shields like this called "ndome" on their upper arms. All wood shields were decorated with nonfigurative motifs on the outer surface and usually on the inside as well. The boys wear the "ndome" shields during these dances to symbolise the adult warrior status they are about to acquire.

Young KIKUYU on cicumcision Day, Kenya. During initiations junior warriors of…

Zheu Dance, showing the Aka elephant mask. Bamileke (Cameroon, western grassfields region). c. 19th to 20th century C.E. Wood, woven raffia, cloth, and beads.

Dance in Cameroon showing the dancing of the Bamileke Aka Elephant Mask.

Portrait mask (Mblo) (as it approaches the dance). Baule peoples (Côte d’Ivoire). Late 19th to early 20th century C.E. Wood and pigment.

Portrait mask (Mblo) (as it approaches the dance). Baule peoples (Côte d’Ivoire). Wood and pigment.

Context photo.  Baule portrait mask of Moya Yanso and stepson, Kouame Ndri.  Kami village, Baule, Ivory Coast.  Mask carved around 1913, photographed in 1971. Portrait mask (Mblo). Baule peoples (Côte d’Ivoire). Late 19th to early 20th century C.E. Wood and pigment.Portrait mask of Moya Yanso Medium: wood and pigment Artist/Culture: Owie Kimou Awka region, southeastern Nigeria, lbgo-speaking peoples Date: 1913

Baule peoples (Côte d’Ivoire). Wood and pigment.Portrait mask of Moya Yanso Medium: wood and pigment Artist/Culture: Owie Kimou Awka region, southeastern Nigeria, lbgo-speaking peoples Date: 1913

TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: MANGBETU PEOPLE: THE FAMOUS FASHIONABLE HAIR-STYLISH CONGOLESE (AFRICAN) TRIBE THAT PRACTICED LIPOMBO (HEAD ELONGATIO...

68 c. silver gelatin print Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution

Sierra Leone I 1968 - 1970.In the center is a young Bondo initiate covered in a white clay during one of the stages of her initiation. To her right is the Bondo Masquerade which was known locally as the Bondo Devil  Relates to Bundu mask. Sande Society, Mende peoples (West African forests of Sierra Leone and Liberia). 19th to 20th century C.E. Wood, cloth, and fiber.

Bondo Initiate in White Kaolin at Bitema in Nongowa Chiefdom - 1969

A place to store all the things that delight me.

Papua New Guinea - New Ireland island / Insel Neu-Mecklenburg - Bismarck Archipelago: secret duk-duk ceremony - Tolai people - photo .

Charles Fréger - Wilderman  http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/18/where-the-wild-things-are/

French photographer Charles Fréger invites us on a journey to meet the Wilder Mann of a tribal Europe.

geopic — Royal Museum for Central Africa - Tervuren - Belgium

geopic — Royal Museum for Central Africa - Tervuren - Belgium

Belgian Congo - Bateke village near Leopoldville. The Bateke are a Central African ethnic group that speak the Teke languages. Belgian postcard sent in 1913.

Belgian Congo - Bateke village near Leopoldville. The Bateke are a Central African ethnic group that speak the Teke languages. Belgian postcard sent in

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Day Charles Frégers Wilder Man and rituals away from the shores of albion.

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