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Kanaga Mask

        HCK 1113-8 Kanaga Mask, Mali, Africa H: 106 cm (41,7″), W: 52 cm (20,5″) This Kanaga mask with typical geometric patterns represent the first human being according to the mythology of the Dogon people in Mali. Kanaga masks are worn during the drama dancing ceremonies. The Dogon believe that the Dama dance creates a […]

Dyodyomini Mask

       HCC 1113-2 Dyodyomini Bird Mask, Dogon, Mali, Africa H: 61 cm (24″), L: 59 cm (23,2″), W: 18 cm (7,1″) This brilliantly carved mask with its long beak represents a hornbill. In Africa the hornbird has a variety of meanings. Some places the hornbill is considered a symbol of fertility with the long beak […]

Lwalwa Mask

       HCC 0808-1 Lwalwa Mask, DR Congo, Africa H: 36 cm (14,2″),  W:21 cm (8,3″) Lwalwa masks from DR Congo like this brilliant one, display a balanced composition. Typical characteristics for a Lwala mask are; an enlarged angular nose, a protruding mouth and narrow slotted eyes. These sharply delineated features give Lwalwa art an almost geometric […]

Bakota

       HCK 1113-7 Bakota, Gabon H: 56 cm (22″), W: 29 cm (11,4″) This rare figure elegantly made in wood and brass was mounted on a container holding relics of important clan ancestors, serving as guardian. Statues like this were also meant to confer protection, fertility, prosperity and would have been displayed during dance ceremonies […]