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Emboli (Forest Spirit Helmet Mask)

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Only a few masks of this type still exist and little is known about its origins or use among the Kota or other small groups such as the Bushamaye. In the Makokou region, however, such masks were worn in ceremonies to dispel disruptive forces and...


Agwe Chaka (Funerary 'Trickster' Mask)

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Cultures of the Cross River region of southeastern Nigeria and western Cameroon, such as the Ejagham of Nigeria and the Banyang of Cameroon, are known for the distinctive art of covering a wooden carving with animal or human...


Kponyungo (Funeral Helmet Mask)

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The kponyungo mask is the generic Senufo term for helmet masks. Kponyungo translates to ‘funeral head mask’, or ‘head of Poro’.

The Senufo use helmet masks across a number of different organised...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...


Makunda (Initiation Mask)

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Makunda (also called n-khanda, m-khanda, longwa or nzo longo) is the initiation society used to transition male children into manhood. Yaka boys considered ready for initiation (called tundansi) are taken to a bush camp...


Misikun (Cow Helmet Mask)

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Six initiation societies, known as dyow (sing. dyo), govern the social, economic, and spiritual lives of Bamana men. The six societies are n’domo, komo, nama, kono, chi wara and kore. A Bamana man must pass through each...