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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...


Nsakakabemba (Bow Stand)

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Mbidi Kiluwe is a hero in the Luba culture, famed for his hunting skills. He is often depicted with his most cherished possession, his bow. That’s why ornate bow stands (nsakakabemba) often remind Luba people of their origins and relationship to...


Dege (Black Monkey Mask)

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Dogon masks come in many forms, from those made of fibre or wood, and in the shape of animals, humans, and abstract creations. Before painting, the wooden masks are known as ajugo nüyü meaning "mask dead." Once painted, they become lajugo...


Bò Dágá (Door Lock)

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Today, the doors of the Dogon are secured with metal padlocks — save for a few still adorned with the head of a lizard or the Islamic symbol of the crescent moon. But this was not always the case. In years gone by, the doors to the thatched...


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...