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World Art:
African Masks
 



In villages throughout Africa the mask is part of a masqueraders costume. Its first purpose is to act as a temporary dwelling place for a spirit. It can cover just the face or the entire head, while the rest of the body is hidden with fringes of raffia palm fibre and long flowing robes. Here are outstanding examples, some still in use, from many places.

20-page teaching notes, with map

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Specimen cards in this set:

AFRICA
   Initiation costumes and masks
BAMBARA, MALI
   Chi-wara headdress
BENA, LULUA, ZAIRE
   Mask
CAMEROON
   Wooden mask with cowrie eyes and raffia
DAN, COTE D'IVOIRE
   Wooden face mask with beak
FANG, GABON
   Initiation mask with feathers
   Initiation society mask
GOURO, COTE D'IVOIRE
   Face mask
IBO, NIGERIA
   Maiden spirit mask
   Painted wooden head mask
IGALA, NIGERIA
   Wooden helmet mask
IGBO, NIGERIA
   Crest for headdress for Ogbon play
   Headdress for masquerade
KUBA, ZAIRE
   Bwoom mask with beads and cowrie shells
   Mask with beads and cowrie shells
KWELE, CONGO
   Painted wooden head mask
LOANGO, CONGO
   Painted mask with monkey hair
MAKONDE, TANZANIA
   Wooden helmet mask with hair
MAMBILA, NIGERIA
   Zoomorphic mask-headdress
MARKA, MALI
   Initiation mask
MOSI, BURKINA FASO
   Crest of mask
PUNU, GABON
   Mask with nine-scar design
SENOUFO, COTE D'IVOIRE
   Wooden mask with horns
WAGOGO, TANZANIA
   Pre-circumcision mask
YAKA, ZAIRE
   *Circumcision mask