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Masks and Headgear

Dan Peoples.  Transformational. Distressed Mask.  Cote d’Ivoire

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    The Dan people inhabit the mountainous west-central Cote d’Ivoire and adjacent areas of Liberia.  They are closely related to the Guere peoples to the south.   Masks are the single most paramount form of artwork created by the Dan, creating a bridge between the supernatural and physical… Continue reading

Chokwe / Tchokwe Chikwekwe Bird Mask.  Angola

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    Chokwe are an ethnic group of Central and Southern Africa, primarily in Angola, Congo and Zambia.  They are regionally famous for their exceptional crafts work, particularly with baskets, pottery, mask carving, statues, stools and other handicrafts. The works of art include utilitarian objects, integrating Chokwe mythologies, oral… Continue reading

Authentic. Rare. Old Tharu Exorcism / Shaman Mask.  Terai Region.  Morang District.  East Nepal.

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Tharu tribal members from this area are nature worshipers. They worship many forest spirits and deities, including the forest goddess.  Many of the most primitive tribes live in/near forests and near rivers.   This shamanic mask was used in rituals, festivals and exorcisms by a village shaman.  The… Continue reading

Senufo Double-Faced Mask.  Kpelie.  Tribal.  Ancestral.  Cote D’Ivoire Africa

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    The Senufo – a traditional agricultural people of the northern savanna – Kpelie masks either represent a Poro ancestor or a supernatural spirit of a deceased village person.   This double-faced mask has provided a variety of functions.  It is a significant part of the rites of… Continue reading

Museum Quality Chokwe Mwana PWO Mask. Congo. DRC.  Africa

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    This stunning mask is from the Chokwe people of the Congo with similar masks coming from Angola.  Mwana Pwo masks are hand carved by a craftsman to represent an ancestral spirit of Pwo or the archetype of womanhood and fertility.  Such efforts are significant given the… Continue reading

Cast Fragment. Buddha Head.  Face. Clay or Stone Composite. 

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    I found this in an estate sale in Southern California and instantly loved it!   The face, the expression, the texture!   I acquired a simple metal stand that does not distract from this face.  And, it’s included.  

Hand Crafted Baule Ram Mask.  Zoomorphic. Stunning.  Cote d’Ivoire. Africa

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    The Baule are one of the Akan peoples who moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago. They adopted masking traditions from their neighboring tribes such as the Guro, the Senufo and the Yaure.   During the 18th century, Baule queen, Aura Poku, was in… Continue reading

Bena Lulua Helmet Mask.  Luba Empire.  Kalamba.  Congo / Zaire

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    The Lulua tribes – aka as Bena Lulua – migrated from western Africa in the 17th Century and found their home in the southern part of Zaire (aka Democratic Republic of Congo).  They formed small chiefdoms and their social structure was based on a caste system. … Continue reading

Old Spiritual Dan People Mask.  Wood.  Liberia. Africa

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    Dan masks are so very intriguing!   In the 9th Century, the Dan people migrated from western Sudan region to the north which is part of (present day) Mali.  Then, because of conflict, they migrated to Cote D’Ivoire . . .  and – present day –… Continue reading

Unique and Rare Djimini Mask.  Wood and Leather.  Côte d’Ivoire

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    The Djimini (aka Dyimini) people of Cote d’lvoire are part of  the larger Senufo group.  Heavily into story telling about their history and traditions, this group believes in animism as their main religious practice.  Everything, everything has a spirit inside it . .  the… Continue reading
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