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

Africa | Anthropomorphic face mask “kifwebe” from the Songye people of DR Congo | Wood with black and white pigment

Africa | Anthropomorphic face mask “kifwebe” from the Songye people of DR Congo | Wood with black and white pigment

Publication: 1913. Colle, Pierre. Les Baluba (Congo Belge), Vol. II.	  Original language: French	  Caption translation: Sorcerer Dancer (Kif...

Publication: 1913. Colle, Pierre. Les Baluba (Congo Belge), Vol. II. Original language: French Caption translation: Sorcerer Dancer (Kif...

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.

North Nigeria, head and shoulders portrait of Ibo adult male wearing masquerade costume. Close-up of mask, elaborate head-dress and patterned shirt. Medium: Gelatin silver print.

North Nigeria, head and shoulders portrait of Ibo adult male wearing masquerade costume. Close-up of mask, elaborate head-dress and patterned shirt. Medium: Gelatin silver print.

Africa | Maiden Spirit mask from the Ibo people of Nigeria | Wood and pigment | ca.  mid 1900s

Africa | Maiden Spirit mask from the Ibo people of Nigeria | Wood and pigment | ca. mid 1900s

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