Mask - Tsogo peoples, Ogowe River region, Gabon, Late 19th to early 20th century. The striking disconnect between the divisions of the painted surface & underlying carved form is an aspect of African art that first entranced Western audiences. The Western lack of awareness of context was such that when this mask was exhibited in the 1950s in France, it was identified as coming from another part of Africa.
Bambara Mask | The Bambara or Bamana are Mali's largest ethnic group. he Bambara had its glory in the early 17th century, when Kaladian Coulibaly founded the empire of Segou, a kingdom that was one of the dominating forces in the region. Bambara masks represent different manifestations of Faro, the creator god and guide of the universe, who gave all the qualities to men and who grows the fruit of the earth. So the mask is directly involved in the ceremonies, and its power is still alive.
KOREAN DANCE MASK: Old Monk. Pyolsandae dance, Yangju, South Korea. Painted wood & cotton hood. In the Yangju Pyeolsandae Nori dance drama this character becomes infatuated with the pretty girl and trys to seduce her. He is an ugly old guy. The dots on his face are supposed to be pox marks. Characters of the dance Most of them are meant to ridicule various professionals and other members of the upper class.