anachoretique: “ matrixbotanica: Dancer in traditional costume during a Presidential visit. Ivory Coast. ca. 1947 ”

anachoretique: “ matrixbotanica: Dancer in traditional costume during a Presidential visit. Ivory Coast. ca. 1947 ”

Igbo Tribe, Nigeria. Mmuo Initiation. Mask: Mmuo Crest, Materials:Wood, copper, cowries, leather, calabash, beads

Igbo Tribe, Nigeria. Mmuo Initiation. Mask: Mmuo Crest, Materials:Wood, copper, cowries, leather, calabash, beads

Africa | A man in costume prepares to perform the part of the old man in an African initiation ceremony, border between Angola and Zambia. | Image and caption © Charles & Josette Lenars

Africa | A man in costume prepares to perform the part of the old man in an African initiation ceremony, border between Angola and Zambia. | Image and caption © Charles & Josette Lenars

Africa | Pwoom Itok mask dancer. Muentshi, Democratic Republic of Congo.  1972 | One encounters this type of mask among various Kuba group, including the Bushoong and the Ngeende. It appears during the young men's initiation and also performs as a dance mask. | ©Eliot Elisofon

Africa | Pwoom Itok mask dancer. Muentshi, Democratic Republic of Congo. 1972 | One encounters this type of mask among various Kuba group, including the Bushoong and the Ngeende. It appears during the young men's initiation and also performs as a dance mask. | ©Eliot Elisofon

pic from Benoît Van Maele via Flickr "Gungu festival of the Bapende, here one of the main masks, Gitenge"

pic from Benoît Van Maele via Flickr "Gungu festival of the Bapende, here one of the main masks, Gitenge"

Lengola Mask, Zaire-early 20th century. Wood, encrusted patina The Lengola produce large statues (Butoka), which are made of six pieces of wood and are intended to wart off evil to ensure social stability. During the initiation rite, when the statues would be ceremonially brought out, abstract polychrome masks were used as well.

Lengola Mask, Zaire-early 20th century. Wood, encrusted patina The Lengola produce large statues (Butoka), which are made of six pieces of wood and are intended to wart off evil to ensure social stability. During the initiation rite, when the statues would be ceremonially brought out, abstract polychrome masks were used as well.

LOXOCO FACADE: Mossi masks performance in the village of Zeguedeguin, far eastern Mossi area Burkina Faso, 1977 & 2011 shot by Christopher D. Roy, Professor of Art History, University of Iowa

LOXOCO FACADE: Mossi masks performance in the village of Zeguedeguin, far eastern Mossi area Burkina Faso, 1977 & 2011 shot by Christopher D. Roy, Professor of Art History, University of Iowa

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