Tag Archives: African masks

The Past: It’s Here To Stay

Here at the gallery we don’t have modern things. We have many things from the past.  We have hundred year old Japanese silk Kimonos, African masks and artifacts, even the ones that are not very old are made in the … Continue reading

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African Firespitter: The Sacred and the Profane

African masks may, as a general rule be divided into several categories; playful or frightening, abstract or realistic, they may represent humans or animals, or combinations of the two, they may be for initiations, fertility or for entertainment.  The range of uses, … Continue reading

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The King and his Tomb: Kuba Funeral Mask

In what is today part of the Congo, the Kuba people originally settled in the land between the Sankuru and Kasai rivers.  Kuba art is considered to be some of the most highly developed in all of West Africa. The … Continue reading

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African Goli Mask: Abstraction, humor and fertility

The Baule tribe of the Akan people of The Ivory Coast and Ghana resisted French colonization longer than any other West African people.  As a consequence, their traditions and rituals to this day are very strong. This large wooden Goli … Continue reading

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