Dogon Mask with Nommo Figure, Mali, c. early 20th century (wood)

Dogon Mask with Nommo Figure, Mali, c. early 20th century (wood)

Karasu Tengu Somen (Full Face Mask). Meiji period (19th century) , Japan

Karasu Tengu Somen (Full Face Mask). Meiji period (19th century) , Japan

Australian Aborigines

Australian Aborigines

Pende people - Congo                                                                                                                                                                                 More

Pende people - Congo More

Igbo. Nigeria

Igbo. Nigeria

anachoretique: “ matrixbotanica: Dancer in traditional costume during a Presidential visit. Ivory Coast. ca. 1947 ”

anachoretique: “ matrixbotanica: Dancer in traditional costume during a Presidential visit. Ivory Coast. ca. 1947 ”

Igbo Tribe, Nigeria. Mmuo Initiation. Mask: Mmuo Crest, Materials:Wood, copper, cowries, leather, calabash, beads

Igbo Tribe, Nigeria. Mmuo Initiation. Mask: Mmuo Crest, Materials:Wood, copper, cowries, leather, calabash, beads

Africa | A man in costume prepares to perform the part of the old man in an African initiation ceremony, border between Angola and Zambia. | Image and caption © Charles & Josette Lenars

Africa | A man in costume prepares to perform the part of the old man in an African initiation ceremony, border between Angola and Zambia. | Image and caption © Charles & Josette Lenars

Africa | Pwoom Itok mask dancer. Muentshi, Democratic Republic of Congo.  1972 | One encounters this type of mask among various Kuba group, including the Bushoong and the Ngeende. It appears during the young men's initiation and also performs as a dance mask. | ©Eliot Elisofon

Africa | Pwoom Itok mask dancer. Muentshi, Democratic Republic of Congo. 1972 | One encounters this type of mask among various Kuba group, including the Bushoong and the Ngeende. It appears during the young men's initiation and also performs as a dance mask. | ©Eliot Elisofon

pic from Benoît Van Maele via Flickr "Gungu festival of the Bapende, here one of the main masks, Gitenge"

pic from Benoît Van Maele via Flickr "Gungu festival of the Bapende, here one of the main masks, Gitenge"

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