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Rare Bamun Brass Sheathing Mask. Bamileke People. Cameroon. Africa

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    Sharing stylistic traits with the Bamileke, Tikar and other Western Grassland Cameroon tribes, this particular mask illustrates the complexity of the transfer of styles… through migration and various artists’ interpretations… even as far back as the migrations of the 17th Century.   That is what makes this mask… Continue reading

Wayang Gedog Performance Mask. Indonesian Religious Rituals. Wood. Ceremonials. Bali. Indonesia.

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  Not to be confused with the Wayang Topeng mask used in a dramatic form of dance performances, this mask was used in performances and stories about the kingdom of Janggala . . . about a love story between a prince and princess.   Obviously not used by the… Continue reading

Mid-1900 Suku Horned Helmet Mask. Yaka Influence. DRC. Congo. Africa

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  One of the most complex and intriguing Suku mask that I have every seen!   The Suku (aka Basuku) are people from SW Congo and Northwest Angola. They speak a derivation of the Bantu language of the Niger-Congo group of languages. Suku women cultivate a root vegetable… Continue reading

Bulu Style Ape Mask. Fang Group. Ngi ritual. Cameroon Grasslands. Africa.

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    Bordering on Cameroon and Gabon, the Bulu are part of the larger Fang group and share cultural similarities.   UNIQUE? Yes, because the Bulu practice the ngi ritual… where members wear this “gorilla” mask to ward off sorcery and poisonings. This anti-witchcraft society whose leadership is… Continue reading

Rare Salampasu / Basalampasu Warrior Mask. Mukinka. Kasai River. Congo DNC / Angola

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    There are about 60,000 Salampasu people who live east of the Kasai River (bordering the DRC and Angola). History reveals that they are viewed with terror by adjacent tribes (e.g. Chokwe and Lunda). The Salampasu are governed by territorial leaders who, in turn, supervise village chiefs.… Continue reading

Deeply Carved Luba Kuba Helmet Mask. Tribal. Ceremonial. DRC. Congo.

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    Look at the dynamic carvings of this helmet mask. The high and bulging forehead is quite normal for this ethnic group. But the depth and symbolism of the carvings is quite extraordinary. I have spent some time in trying to determine the significance of this… Continue reading

Museum Quality Chokwe Ceremonial Bird Mask. Angola / DRC. Africa.

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    An object d’art wooden bird mask, with a quality suitable for a museum exhibit. Superbly carved by Chokwe artisans to honor divine ancestors.   Acquired from a Pretoria South African Gallery whose owner has direct access to chiefs in the Congo. Based on my purchases and… Continue reading

Horned Kuba Helmet Mask. Wood & Paint. Bwoom. DRC. Congo. Africa

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  This was quite a find.   One of the three known royal masks, the helmet Bwoom is one of the oldest mask types used by the Kuba. These were introduced in the 17th Century by King Miko mi-Mbul.   Most often used in funerals, they are also used… Continue reading

Marka / Warka Mask with Brass. Bamara. Cloth hood. Mali. Africa.

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    The largest ethnic group in Mali are the Bamara… about 2.5 million. In the northern region of the Bamara territory are the Marka (aka Warka), known for their unique and artistic masks covered with brass or copper and other adornments.   The masks are generally carved with… Continue reading

Dan Peoples Wooden Mask. Zakpai. Runner. Northern Dan. Cote D’ivoire. Africa

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  I love this mask . . . primitive yet so very elegant!   A typical “male” Dan mask (round eye holes) known as the “fire runner” or “zakpai”. They were worn by young men who ran through the villages of the northern Dan tribes dressed in full… Continue reading
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