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Africa | Mask "mma ji" from the Ibo Afikbo people of Nigeria | Wood, polychrome paint

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Africa | Mask "muyombo" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, polychrome paint and raffia bonnet | This mask type is used during rites for a good harvest and good hunting, at initiation- and circumcision rites for young boys. It should guarantee fertility and well-being of community.

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Polychrome Painted Fraktur, possibly Lebanon, Pennsylvania, c. 1824, ink and watercolor on paper birth announcement ornamented with a tulip, flower blossoms, and a heart with ink inscriptions "Michael Grabiel was born the 27th of September, 1814/1824," (tears, toning, laid down), 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 in., in a stencil-decorated period frame.

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Africa | Zoomorphic plank mask "nwantantay" from the Bwa people of Burkina Faso | Wood, polychrome paint | Plank masks are the major artistic expression of the southern Bwa. They are signbords or tablets on which the graphic patterns communicate the ethical and moral values of the community

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Africa | Mask "oba maoro" from the Igbo people from Anaku Village, Nigeria | Wood, remains of polychrome paint | ca. prior to 1976

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Africa | Mask from the Yaka people of DR Congo | Wood, polychrome paint, rattan bonnet, grass fiber cuff

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