Africa | Mask "kasangu" from the Salampasu people of DR Congo | Wood, kaoline, rattan and plant fiber

Africa | Mask "kasangu" from the Salampasu people of DR Congo | Wood, kaoline, rattan and plant fiber

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Egungun is a part of the Yoruba pantheon of divinities. In the indigenous religious system of the West African tribe of that name, the spirit is of central importance. It is the eventual end of all living beings, and as such is regarded as the ancestral "collective".

Egungun is a part of the Yoruba pantheon of divinities. In the indigenous religious system of the West African tribe of that name, the spirit is of central importance. It is the eventual end of all living beings, and as such is regarded as the ancestral "collective".

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Africa | Kwoho dancers.  Edo region, Nigeria.  Early 1900s.  | Photographer;  Thomas Northcote.

Africa | Kwoho dancers. Edo region, Nigeria. Early 1900s. | Photographer; Thomas Northcote.

Ogoni masks from Nigeria were worn by young men who put on dynamic and lively performances. They were used to celebrate the festival of harvested yams, a propitiatory ceremony calling for fertility of the soil. Wood.

Ogoni masks from Nigeria were worn by young men who put on dynamic and lively performances. They were used to celebrate the festival of harvested yams, a propitiatory ceremony calling for fertility of the soil. Wood.

Africa | Image from the National Geographic July 1982 publication 'Dan Tribe. Ivory Coast' © Michael and Aubine Kirtley

Africa | Image from the National Geographic July 1982 publication 'Dan Tribe. Ivory Coast' © Michael and Aubine Kirtley

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