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African Tribal History

Ashanti - According to African legend, the bearer of a fertility doll will give birth to a beautiful child 24 inches tall....

Baga - Baga artists are well known for their multifunctional masks and statues. Amongst them are the Bansonyi masks...

Bamilieke - Masks are used during the harvesting season, some for expeditions of war or to honour the Fon....

Bamoun - The sculptures goal is to commemorate and celebrate the ancestors of the present Fon....

Baule - There are forms of masks namely animal and human and or both. It's not uncommon for human masks to have animal attributes...

Bete - Gla society wear the Nyaba face mask mainly during funeral processions...

Bobo Tribe -

Chokwe - The most powerful and important mask is known as chikunga. Highly charged with power and considered sacred....

Dan - Masks are unique carved by initiated members of the male Poro society. The masks serve to protect...

Dogon - Kananga masks form geometric patterns. These masks represent the first human beings and are normally....

Fang Tribe - Masks are used by secret societies. Members of this male society wear the Ngil masks during the initiation....

Goli - Common features of the Kplekple disc shaped facemasks include antelope shaped horns, round eyes....

Guro Tribe - These mask represents the spirit of Gu, the wife of Zamble a supernatural being. Gu is often depicted as......

Igbo - In the North we have the Igbo Mmo society that represents the spirits of deceased maidens and their mothers with

Punu - The white face represents the soul of an ancestor. The beautiful hairstyle is a common feature among the Punu women.....

Kuba - Three types of masks are associated with the Kuba royal kingdom namely the Bwoom mask, Ngaady A Mwaash...

Kwele - Masks of are used during initiation ceremonies and or at the end of a mourning period.....

Songye - The grooved pattern on the face is a common characteristic of a female Kifwebe mask.....

Teke - The teke, (disk-shaped face mask) comes from the Ogowe region in the Congo It is used to confirm the social and political....

Tikar bronze - First the artist moulds his work in wax, providing an outlet for the melted metal in a kind of extension...

Toma - Common characteristics of the Toma masks are the flat forehead, at times decorated with cowry shell and or metal plates,

Yoruba - Mask bearers appearing at funerals are believed to embody the spirit of the deceased person. These maskers...