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ÁFRICA SUBSAHARIANA Cada grupo étnico utiliza muchos tipos diferentes de máscaras. Una misma máscara puede ser utilizada para fines diferentes. Las máscaras que representan antepasados, suelen ser serenas y apacibles. Las máscaras que utilizan ciertas sociedades secretas para ritos de magia, pueden tener apariencia terrorífica. Otras son burlescas o festivas, si quieren hacer reír.

Africa | Ghana king of the Mamprusi. Most Mamprusi live in their homeland, Mamprugu, an area of northeast Ghana. In the 18th century, the Mamprusi people organised forces to protect the trade in slaves. The Mamprusi have five chiefs under their king. | © Walter Callens

Africa | Ceremonial sword from the Ashanti people of Ghana | Metal with dark patina, wood handle covered with gold foil

Asante (Ashanti) Akua'ba Fertility Doll 22, Ghana

Face Mask (Kpeliye'e), 19th–mid-20th century Côte d'Ivoire; Senufo Wood, horns, raffia fiber, cotton cloth, feather, metal, sacrificial material

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Art of the Dogon: Selections from the Lester Wunderman Collection

Africa | Ashanti King and his attendants. Ghana | © Grete Howard

Young girl from the Krobo tribal group wearing traditional beads by Anthony Pappone photographer, via Flickr

Africa | Girl adorned with traditional beads for the Dipo ceremony. Krobo, Ghana | © Anthony Pappone.

Africa | Girl adorned with traditional beads for the Dipo ceremony. Krobo, Ghana | © Anthony Pappone.

Africa | Baule masked dancer. Ivory Coast || Scanned postcard; photo by Hoa-Qui

Africa | Minganji masquerader, near Gungu, DR Congo © Eliot Elisofon, 1951 | "Although the Minganji face masks make an appearance at a wide variety of occasions (such as the investiture ritual of a local chief, or the construction of a new chief's residence), their primary role is as guardian of the initiation encampement. The Minganji masks, other than the Gitenga mask, embody death, uncertainty, and darkness."