Ethnic group : Songye Country of origin : Zaire ( D.R. Congo ) Material : Wood, metal, bell, cloth, rope, feathers, horns, animal skin, unknown substances Approximate age : Early – Mid 20th Century
This mask was created by the Baule people of Cote d'Ivoire. It is a very minimalistic mask carved from wood. There are two small triangular holes cut which enable the wearer to see. The rectangular mouth is very common among this style of mask. The predominantly red and white coloring emphasizes the few details. The circular face represents the life-giving force of the sun, while the horns symbolize the great power of the buffalo.
Central Asia | Amulet case; Silver, glass | This piece of silver jewelry takes the form of a triangle, or a tumar, and rested on the wearer's chest. Tumar-shaped jewelry usually consists of three sections: a triangular mountain motif, a bozbend tube meant for prayer scrolls, and an inverted mountain symbol from which spherical pendants are suspended. This tumar is decorated with six horn motifs and embellished with twelve pieces of red glass. | 20th century