Africa | Mask from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Wood | Image ©Michel Renaudeau

Africa | Mask from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | Wood | Image ©Michel Renaudeau

Mende helmet mask (aka Bundu or Sowei mask( Sande society, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  These black helmet masks are worn exclusively by women.  The mask presents and ideal of feminine beauty admired by the Mende; elaborate hairstyle, full forehead and small facial features.  The gleaming surface signifies healthy, glowing skin.

Mende helmet mask (aka Bundu or Sowei mask( Sande society, Sierra Leone and…

Kobiay mask, Bwa people, Burkina Fasso    25 inches, painted wood    Like the popular hawk mask, this strange looking creature is also considered to be a protective spirit.

"Sheer power" KB Kobiay mask, Bwa people, Burkina Fasso 25 inches, painted wood Like the popular hawk mask, this strange looking creature is also considered to be a protective spirit.

GREBO Mask, Ivory Coast

GREBO Mask, Ivory Coast - Grebo masks are characterized by an elongated nose and tubular eyes. Since the masks often have multiple pairs of eyes, they may depict seers.

A Punu tribe mask. Gabon West Africa

This website explores different types of African masks based on their region. This particular mask was made by the Punu people, who reside in Gabon. These Punu masks stand out compared to other African masks because of their "Oriental" appearance.

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