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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

Old Tribal Bakongo Double-Faced Mask with Fetish / Nkisi Nails and Head Cap.  Manyanga Tribe.  Kongo Kingdom.  DRC. Africa 

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    The Manyanga tribe live on the right bank of the Zaire (aka Congo) River.  The location is near the tributary of the Lefini River.   This is a relatively unknown tribe whose artists are known for their elongated faces, rounded cheeks, carefully rendered faces and nails.  … Continue reading

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