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Africa | Mask "Nwantantay" from the Bwa people of Burkina Faso | Wood with pigment

Africa | Mask "Nwantantay" from the Bwa people of Burkina Faso | Wood with pigment

Africa | Mask from the Pende people of Chisakonka, Congo (Belgian Congo) | Wood and pigment | ca. 1910

Africa | Mask from the Pende people of Chisakonka, Congo (Belgian Congo) | Wood and pigment | ca. 1910

Mask, attrib. to Simeon Stilthda (c. 1799-1889), Haida  Photo: Denis Finnin, courtesy of American Museum of Natural History

Mask, attrib. to Simeon Stilthda (c. 1799-1889), Haida Photo: Denis Finnin, courtesy of American Museum of Natural History

Africa | 'N'gil' mask from the Fang people of Gabon | Wood | ca. 19th century

Africa | 'N'gil' mask from the Fang people of Gabon | Wood | ca. 19th century

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

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

A LEGA MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO  of oval form, and pierced around the rim for the attachment of a fiber beard, with concave heart shaped facial plane, slit mouth and raised linear nose flanked by pierced slit eyes; aged patina with traces of kaolin.  height 9 1/2 in. 24.1 cm

A LEGA MASK, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO of oval form, and pierced around the rim for the attachment of a fiber beard, with concave heart shaped facial plane, slit mouth and raised linear nose flanked by pierced slit eyes; aged patina with traces of kaolin. height 9 1/2 in. 24.1 cm

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