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.
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.
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