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Masks and Headgear

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

Vintage Heavy Brass Corinthian Helmet.  Replica.  Greek.  Greece

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  Originating in the ancient state/city Corinth, full sized helmets – like this – were made of bronze and used by hoplite heavy infantry soldiers.  Most everything they wore or carried was heavy.   These helmets are well known in their variety of crests and nose pieces.  And,… Continue reading

Yaka Ndeemba Mask.  n-khanda / Mukanda Ceremonial.  Northern Yaka.  Northern DRC Congo

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  After a long history of forced migration and union with other groups, the Yaka have been an independent society since the 19th century.  Living in the northern Congo, the Yaka are primarily hunters, although they also practice small scale farming.  The Yaka has a tight-knit control… Continue reading

Punu Lumbo Okuyi Mask.  Funerary.  Ancestral.  Ogooue River region.  Gabon

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    Well known for white-faced masks (Okuyi), the ethnic group that this was acquired from (Mpongwe) has two separate uses for masks like this.   Costumed ceremonies include rites of passage and funerary events.   This mask was used for the later.  The typical Okuyi performer wears a… Continue reading

Egyptian Goddess Isis Mask.  Stone.  Valley of Kings.  Egypt.

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    Original pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price.  And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   Isis (aka Aset) – a major… Continue reading

Marka Mask.  Bamana Kingdom / People. Marka Tribe. Mali.  Africa

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  The over 2 million Bamana people form the largest ethnic group in Mali and occupy the savannah in the central portion of the country. The Bamana (aka Bambara) kingdom was founded in the 17th Century and reached their height of power in the mid- to late-1700s.   The Marka… Continue reading
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