many centuries African Tribal masks, played a major role in rituals,
celebrations, ceremonial and tribal initiations. Masking rituals are
normally accompanied with prayer, music, song and or dance.
sculpting start, the artisan purifies himself and performs a prayer,
consulting the divine forces and the spirits of his ancestorís for
guidance. The divine force will be transferred to the mask during the
sculpting process. The carver also offers a sacrifice to the spirit of
Once the tree is felled the sculptor leaves it
for a day or two, so that the spirit of the tree can find a "new
home", thereafter he brings the tree to his workshop to starts the
process of carving the mask.
Points to note:
displayed in museums or art galleries are but one component of the
cultural ethos as a whole. Masks in Africa have an original setting and
atmosphere. Men and or women that wear masks are fully dressed in
traditional tribal attire or in accordance with the theme or
significance of the event. Song, dance, music and or prayer accompany
masking ceremonies, along with the entire village folk that participate
in the ceremony or festival.
Some masks are
used as Icons of power to ward off evil spirits and some are used to
celebrate and thank the ancestors during crop harvesting. Rainmakers,
traditional healers and even the young men that graduate from initiation
school wear masks and full tribal
clothing during rituals or ceremonies. Over
the last few decades there has been a sharp decline in masking rituals.
masks displayed in our catalog come from various countries and tribes on the
continent. Similar masks were used during rituals, ceremonies and or
initiations. Each piece in our collection has been hand selected and is
of the finest quality available.
here at Rebirth sincerely hope you find the pieces displayed in our catalog just as
exciting and intriguing as we do.
view the collection click on the images of your choice, to learn more
about African masks click the links below.