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Picture taken in small shop with varius African handcfart in Guinea-Bissau capital - Bissau.

There are numerous types of African mask produced by the various tribes and people of Africa. Ritual and ceremonial masks are an important part of most African cultures.

Interesting African masks information:
African mask are generally made to be used. This African art is usually made to be used in various ceremonies and social events such as weddings and funerals.
Mask usually have a spiritual meaning or connection.
The artists who create mask are given a special status.
The mask making skill and knowledge of the spiritual meanings held by masks are passed down from father to son.
Mask are usually designed to appear human or animal or a combination of the two.
Mask are often decorated with such things as animal hair or straw (for hair and beards), animal horns, animal teeth, feathers, and sea shells.
Not everyone in a tribe has the honor of wearing a mask; it is usually only a select few in the tribe. Often only men and sometimes only elders are given this honor.
It is generally believed that the individual who wears the mask transforms into a spirit. This transformation usually takes place during some type of ritual. This can allow for communication between humans and spirits.
African mask often represent the cultural values of the tribe. For example In Gabon large mouths and chins represent strength and authority.
Mask are usually made out of wood. Other materials that are used include metals (especially bronze and copper), light stone, fabric, and pottery.
Often mask are painted.


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  • Copyright: Leszek Stefaniuk (jabumbum) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 428] (1310)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2016-11-29
  • Categories: Artwork
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  • Date Submitted: 2017-02-06 2:04
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