This is a beautiful tribal mask, handcrafted in Ghana, West Africa by members of the Ashanti tribe. It is carved from a solid piece of solid wood called cysa wood. Some parts are covered with aluminum sheets. Hanging on the wall, all work is done by hand.
The Senufo Enlightenment Society, known as the Poro Society, wears these small, delicate face masks as badges with geometric appendages on either side of their delicate faces. The masks worn by men are considered feminine and pay homage to the late Senufo elders with their grace and beauty. around 1900
Elegance and grace distinguish this imposing design by Victoria Agyepomaa. Carved by hand of sese wood, it depicts a serene personage with symmetrical features, a wide forehead and neatly combed hair. She names this original African mask Klenam, meaning "shine for me" in the language of Ghana's Ewe people.
Numerous intricate details adorn this downsized African mask. it presents a face A delicate feature crowned by a braid defined by a spiked tiara. The patina is dark, shiny, and spotty With granular ochre residues. These Baule portrait masks ndoma are one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions Often represents an idealized character, with characteristics that appear at the end Entertainment dance ceremony. Depending on the region, these are called bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu etc...Each of these masks is characterized by the choice of hairstyle, location and scars, etc... Also known as Gbagba, they embody the qualities of bravery or integrity of an elegant young girl or man prestigious. A new generation is gradually replacing these Mblo dances, some call them Gbagba A village that retains most of the old customs, the mask of Kpan Kpan dance uplifts the society The subject or related to a political project.
The Baoule and Guro people of Ivory Coast carved various animal masks. With this mask Animaloid elements that accompany human masks in various ceremonies, including Funerals or when visiting senior guests nowadays. Dense wood with colored patina. drying crack. According to the Baule myth, a royal ancestor had to sacrifice his son to cross the river. This event is The origin of the name Baoulé, Bauli, "the son is dead". they represent the majority of the population from Côte d'Ivoire. In Côte d'Ivoire, the most common objects a priori must conform to aesthetics standard. Furniture, decorations, utensils, fabrics are some excuses for fine artistic expression sculptor. The latter, mainly farmers, also carry out this activity. Some of them also produce Play for neighboring nations. Yet creativity is still associated with mystical powers Craftsman, ritual requirements around woodworking.
On the occasion of a large dance festival (the so-called "Mblo dance"), Baule figures in central Côte d'Ivoire now sculpt "portrait masks" to "caricature" well-known members of their society. Their village (hence the name "Mblo Masks"). Dancers wearing these masks and costumes portray, praise, satirize, or criticize the characters depicted to please the audience. Some of these popular portrait masks also bear the name of the person depicted. In this case, they are called "Ndoma masks", which correspond to "doubles of...". Portrait masks are now carved from hard, heavy brown wood and stained dark brown. It shows a round, high, flat-back hairstyle with finely sculpted embossed lines and a slightly asymmetrical goatee with geometric embossed trim (the goatee indicates that the mask is "male").
African masks have horizontal stripes on both sides, all decorated with triangular patterns symbolizing magic amulet. These masks are repainted with each new dance season. there should be similarities With certain mask heaumes of the Markha, another Mandingo group. those heavy masks Usually designed around helmets with crests or angular protrusions An agricultural ritual to restore balance to the land. their importance Boy's Enlightenment
The Danes are an agricultural people living in western Côte d'Ivoire and the hinterland of Liberia. They have a large number of masked figures representing the spirit of the jungle who serve various social, political and religious functions. Although 11 separate mask types can be distinguished according to formal criteria, these types cannot be assigned to specific functions because the meaning of masks has changed over time. The Danes have gained notoriety in the region for their entertainment festivals, which were originally village ceremonies but are now mostly performed for tourists. During these performances, masked performers dance on stilts. Created by the Kran group, the Kaogle mask is distinguished by its arched cheekbones, triangular nose, and broad, prominent forehead and mouth. This mask in particular is different in that its rectangular eyes protrude from the lower layer of the mask. Such eyes are often characteristic of Dan's neighbors, the Kiel tribe. Other features, such as the interplay of emptiness and mass and the sharp forehead stump, are reminiscent of the work of the nearby Bete tribe. Of course, this mask reveals the artistic influence of each tribe on the other. Khao Lak masks are traditionally used to create a festive atmosphere among the audience before the main festival begins. While this mask once attracted many concerned villagers, today it amazes us with its extraordinary beauty.
In Dan, the spirit is represented by dreams to be respected. then you show them Details of the mask to be made. African Dan masks of various crafts are common At a very dramatic entertainment party with a female lead role. Every mask has one The name associated with its function. Mask kagle, kaoglé, with triangular relief, displayed joyously The development of dancers throwing sticks at the audience. Dan also always carves A miniature mask modeled after a large mask, the instructions of the soothsayer. they wear Amulet for children. The dark, shiny patina of the African Dan mask is obtained by dipping into the mud bath. Interesting use of patina, where granular residual crusts, small imperfections and cracks
Actor of social order, almond-faced Dan mask with carefully drawn protruding lips, pierced With circular track. Chunky burlap and textile hairstyles with shell-dotted beards characterize this hairstyle Classic African sculpture from Côte d'Ivoire. Worn patina. Face shields with circular eye sockets (called gunyeya or gunye ge) that facilitate vision are A set of Dan masks from the North for dry season games. zapkei gego ge, a Royal masks reserved for special events. 'danglé' embodies a squinting person, says Spötter The ideal of beauty, playing an active role between the initiation camp and the village
Masked dancers wearing chimpanzee masks, hook sticks and voluminous full-body costumes have turned up at the Dankeran Village Dance Festival to provoke and "heat" audiences with wild jumps and vulgar jokes. The chimpanzee mask offered here is made of light balsa wood and dyed black. It shows the typical form of these "Kagle masks": a protruding, semicircular and flat forehead with a diagonal line at the edge and deep-set slit eyes below (here each has three holes for the previous metal frame), a broad nose between prominent cheekbones on either side, a large, open mouth with wide, pouting lips. Distinguishing features of this particular object are the three holes below the eyes, which were used for an early metal profile (now lost), the original white embossed band on the bridge of the nose, the red tongue with the open mouth, and the embossed band on the inside of the thick lips . There are also embossed decorations on the outside of the cheeks.