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Igbo masqueraders during yam festival 'Onwasato' in Ugwuoba, between Awka and Enugu, South East Nigeria.

Igbo masqueraders during yam festival 'Onwasato' in Ugwuoba, between Awka and Enugu, South East Nigeria.

fiber Masks voodoo of nigeria in the Festival des Masques de Dédougou in the night, Burkina Faso by anthony pappone photography http://flic.kr/p/bPm4KX

fiber Masks voodoo of nigeria in the Festival des Masques de Dédougou in the night, Burkina Faso by anthony pappone photography http://flic.kr/p/bPm4KX

TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: BAMILEKE PEOPLE: THE MOST BUSINESS-ORIENTED TRIBE IN CAMEROON AND THEIR UNIQUE CIRCUMCISION INITIATION

TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: BAMILEKE PEOPLE: THE MOST BUSINESS-ORIENTED TRIBE IN CAMEROON AND THEIR UNIQUE CIRCUMCISION INITIATION

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 | A Temne man wears the costume of the sorcerer bird in Sierra Leone | Image and caption © Charles & Josette Lenars

Africa | A Temne man wears the costume of the sorcerer bird in Sierra Leone | Image and caption © Charles & Josette Lenars

Pair of northern Igbo/Izzi shrine figures from Nigeria. Classical form, dense, hard wood. The standing figures represent deities or ancestors. They are grouped together in symbolic families and kept in village shrines. Dimensions: Taller figure, 5"W x 5.5"D x 2"7H; smaller, 4"W x 4.5"D x 24"H; bases, 8.25"W x 8.25"D x 0.25"H.

Pair of northern Igbo/Izzi shrine figures from Nigeria. Classical form, dense, hard wood. The standing figures represent deities or ancestors. They are grouped together in symbolic families and kept in village shrines. Dimensions: Taller figure, 5"W x 5.5"D x 2"7H; smaller, 4"W x 4.5"D x 24"H; bases, 8.25"W x 8.25"D x 0.25"H.

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