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Africa | Helmet mask from the Bamana people of Mali | Wood, polychrome paint

Grebo. Costa de Marfil

Grebo mask with bird beak and six tubular eyes from Ivory Coast or possibly Liberia. Abstract masks of this type had a great influence over Cubism in the early part of the century.

Le terme Mayombe désigne une grande région boisée située en majeure partie au Zaire mais aussi en grande partie au Cabinda, Congo et Gabon. Les masques Yombe ont pour constante d'être réalisés en bois léger et couverts d'une teinture à base d'ingrédients locaux, il en va ainsi pour les dernières générations de masques. Les masques plus anciens étaient réalisés en bois dur.

Mask late to early century Wood, brass tacks, and pigment Object: 26 x…

Africa - Face mask of the "mblo"-group from the BAULE people of IVORY COAST - Wood, shiny dark brown patina.

Bamana Chi Wara (Female Horizontal Antelope) Headdress, Mali http://www.imodara.com/post/96476468389/mali-bamana-chi-wara-antelope-headdress

Africa | 'N'golo' mask from the Marka people of the Macina region of Mali | Wood, brass sheeting, silk/cotton and bead tassels and bogolan cloth

African Masks

Masks are often a part of the African culture. Used in dance or ceremonial purposes, African masks can have a religious meaning. The carver of the mask will look to their ancestors for guidance while carving the mask.