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Bamileke female mask  the helmet-shaped mask was worn on the head and the face of the dancer covered with fabric. The complete traditional vestment consists of a garment of blue and white royal cloth and a flywhisk. The mask dances in short contained steps appropriate to her noble image. "Ngoin" usually follows the leader mask in the dance sequence which includes several "ngoin" masks to complement the male human masks.  H: 39 cm

Bamileke female mask the helmet-shaped mask was worn on the head and the face of the dancer covered with fabric. The complete traditional vestment consists of a garment of blue and white royal cloth and a flywhisk. The mask dances in short contained steps appropriate to her noble image. "Ngoin" usually follows the leader mask in the dance sequence which includes several "ngoin" masks to complement the male human masks. H: 39 cm

Présents dans tous les royaumes du Grassland Camerounais (Bafut, Bekom, Big Babanki, Ndop, Oku...) les masques dits Ngoin appartiennent à des ensembles de masques exhibés lors des cérémonies commémoratives organisées en l'honneur de défunts illustres. Chaque ensemble, propriété d'un lignage particulier, peut comporter plus de 20 masques, généralement de formes variées, mais parfois aussi d'aspect répétitif.

Présents dans tous les royaumes du Grassland Camerounais (Bafut, Bekom, Big Babanki, Ndop, Oku...) les masques dits Ngoin appartiennent à des ensembles de masques exhibés lors des cérémonies commémoratives organisées en l'honneur de défunts illustres. Chaque ensemble, propriété d'un lignage particulier, peut comporter plus de 20 masques, généralement de formes variées, mais parfois aussi d'aspect répétitif.

Africa | Mask of the "mblo" group from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Woo, with a dark patina and remains of pigments | The dances that feature "mblo" masks are always "women's" dances, so called because women may participate, and because the style of the dance movement is considered feminine and very beautiful.

Africa | Mask of the "mblo" group from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Woo, with a dark patina and remains of pigments | The dances that feature "mblo" masks are always "women's" dances, so called because women may participate, and because the style of the dance movement is considered feminine and very beautiful.

'Cimier' Face mask from the Tikar people of Cameroon. | Bronze and Raffia | Early 20th century

'Cimier' Face mask from the Tikar people of Cameroon. | Bronze and Raffia | Early 20th century

Africa | Mask ~ kpan pre ~ from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Wood, polychrome paint

Africa | Mask ~ kpan pre ~ from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Wood, polychrome paint

Africa | Mask "kpan" from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Wood, pigment | "kpan" masks are part of the "goli" masquerade, a day-long performance that involves the entire village population and which displays four pairs of masks. This popular event only takes place during an important event such as the death of a notable or a major celebration.

Africa | Mask "kpan" from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Wood, pigment | "kpan" masks are part of the "goli" masquerade, a day-long performance that involves the entire village population and which displays four pairs of masks. This popular event only takes place during an important event such as the death of a notable or a major celebration.

Chokwe Mask, Angola, Africa. See The Virtual Artist gallery: www.theartistobjective.com/gallery/index.html

Chokwe Mask, Angola, Africa. See The Virtual Artist gallery: www.theartistobjective.com/gallery/index.html

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