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MASKS

Masks are based on human and animal form or often a mixture of both. Sometimes they are completely naturalistic, and often idealized; sometimes formalized and abstract. It is generally possible to judge fairly accurately the area from which a mask has come, for each tribe or subtribe has developed its own conventions according to its own predilections and traditions. Masks are worn not only in the front of the face; they may be worn horizontally on the top of the head or tipped diagonally on the forehead. Some masks fit over the head like a helmet, and tall headdresses are worn attached to a tight-fitting cap of basketwork.

Some masks are deliberately terrifying and are used to scare away strangers, especially women, from initiation rites and other ceremonies of the various "secret" societies. Animal masks may be worn during agrarian ceremonies accompanied by dance.

BALUBA

  Mask. 115
Ashanti, Ghana. West Africa.
Beads, metal, wood.
BAL MSK

 
  Mask. 118
Ashanti, Ghana. West Africa.
Metal, wood.
BAL MSK

 

BAULE

  Mask, Face. 133
Baule, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
BAU MSK

 
  Mask, Face. 135
Baule, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
BAU MSK

 
  Mask. 182
Baule, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
BAU MSK
Plaque.

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 278
Baule, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
BAU MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 313
Baule, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
BAU MSK

 

CAMEROON

  Mask, Face. 91
Cameroon. Central Africa.
Wood.
CAM MSK


Mask, Face. 92
Cameroon. Central Africa.
Wood.
CAM MSK


Mask, Face. 93
Cameroon. Central Africa.
CAM MSK


Mask, Face. 94
Cameroon. Central Africa.
CAM MSK

 
   117
Cameroon. Central Africa.
CAM MSK

 
  Mask, Face. 172
Cameroon. Central Africa.
Silver.
CAM MSK

 
  Mask, Face. 180
Fang, Gabon. Central Africa
Wood.
CAM MSK

 
  Mask, Dance. 192
Cameroon. Central Africa.
Cowrie, horns, hair.
CAM MSK
Rasta Dance Mask.

 
  Mask, Dance. 220
Cameroon. Central
Wood.
CAM MSK

 
  Mask. Elephant 264
Cameroon. Central
Wood.
CAM MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 276
Cameroon. Central
Wood.
CAM MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 280
Cameroon. Central
Wood.
CAM MSK

 
    Helmet. 297
Cameroon. Central
Wood.
CAM HEL

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 307
Cameroon. Central
Wood.
CAM MSK

 

DAN

  Mask, Ceremional. 77
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, raffia, wood.
DAN MSK
Headress.

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 78
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, metal, raffia.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 79
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Bells, cloth, feathers, wood.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 80
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, raffia, wood.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 81
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, raffia, wood.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 82
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, metal, raffia.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 83
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, metal, raffia.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 84
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, metal, raffia.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 134
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, metal, raffia.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Dance. 193
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, metal, wood.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 311
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cowrie, raffia, bells, feathers.
DAN MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 312
Dan, Liberia. West Africa.
Cloth, cowrie, raffia, wood.
DAN MSK

 

GREBO

  Mask, Ceremional. 314
Grebo, Liberia. West Africa.
Hair, cloth, corie, raffia.
GRE MSK

 

GURO

  Mask, Ancestral. 13
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 14
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 15
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK
 
  Mask, Ancestral. 16
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 17
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 18
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 19
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 20
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 21
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 22
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 23
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 24
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 25
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 26
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 27
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 28
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 29
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 30
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK


Mask, Ancestral. 31
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Face. 32
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask. 33
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask. 34
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask. 35
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 87
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 88
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 128
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK
Crest.

 
  Mask. 177
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 283
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 284
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 285
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 286
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 287
Guro, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
GUR MSK

 

IBO

  Mask, Face. 113
Ibo, Nigeria. West Africa.
Wood.
IBO MSK

 
  Mask, Ancestral. 299
Ibo, Nigeria. West Africa.
Wood.
IBO MSK

 

KUBA

   116
Kuba, Zaire. Central Africa.
Wood, cloth, cowrie, beads.
KUB MSK

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 277
Kuba, Zaire. Central Africa.
Leather, beads, cowrie.
KUB MSK

 
  Helmet. 282
Kuba, Zaire. Central Africa.
Beads, cowrie, leather, metal.
KUB MSK

 

SENUFO

  Mask, Ceremional. 112
Senufo, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
SEN MSK

 
  Helmet. 163
Senufo, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
SEN HEL

 
  Mask, Ceremional. 195
Senufo, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
SEN MSK

 
  Mask. 196
Senufo, Ivory Coast. West Africa.
Wood.
SEN MSK

 

SONGYE

  Mask, Ceremional. 279
Songye, Zaire. Central Africa.
Wood.
SON MSK

 

YORUBA

  Helmet. 173
Yoruba, Nigeria. West Africa.
Bells, cloth, wood.
YOR HEL

 
  Helmet. 174
Yoruba, Nigeria. West Africa.
Bells, cloth, wood.
YOR HEL

 
  Mask. 298
Yoruba, Nigeria. West Africa.
Wood.
YOR MSK
Helmet.

 
  Helmet. 315
Yoruba, Nigeria. West Africa.
Wood.
YOR HEL

 
  Helmet. 316
Yoruba, Nigeria. West Africa.
Wood.
YOR HEL

 
  Helmet. 317
Yoruba, Nigeria. West Africa.
Wood.
YOR HEL

 

OTHER

  Mask. 181
Unknown
Straw, wood.
AFR MSK
Crest.