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Diphomba (Diviner's Mask)

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A respected member of the Yombe is the nganga diphomba, a specialist who seeks out the cause of various problems, from crime and accidents to death and drought. Nganga diphomba were held in incredibly high esteem, without equals in their ability to...


Beete (Celebration Mask)

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The Kwele (or Bekwyel) are an ethnic group residing around 100 miles north of the equator along the borderlands of Gabon, Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon. This was a region famed for its harsh climate and had traditionally been notoriously...


Sukuru (Vertical Mask)

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Mumuye masks are traditionally worn during the initiation dances of young males, as well as at other major community celebrations such as harvest festivals and funerals. Mumuye men aspire to pass through seven initiation ceremonies, each marking...


Ngil ('Face of the Ngil' Mask)

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The Ngil was a roving militia, primarily focused on finding and neutralising malevolent sorcerers. The group acted as the guarantor of social stability and security for its people, while the sorcerers they hunted were believed to be possessed by an...


Karikpo (Crop Fertility Mask)

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Sculpture is central to the culture and traditions of the Ogoni, a people native to Rivers State, Nigeria. While the themes and styles of sculpture differ between regions, most fall into one of seven categories: Small masks with jaws and...


Yu (Family Mask)

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Guro culture is famed for its ornate masquerades, both religious and secular. In religious ceremonies, masks are worn representing idealised ancestors. There are three sacred masks usually on display, centring around the Zamble, a mythical elder...