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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...


Enok Ateng (Ancestral Figure)

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The Kaka is a name given to a cluster of peoples living in settlements south of the Donga River in Cameroon. Among them are the Mbaw (Ntem), Mbem, Mfumte, and Yamba. The Kaka are known to venerate their ancestors, celebrating them with intricate...


Ñgontang ('Young White Woman' Helmet Mask)

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The name ñgontang comes from a contraction of ñgon ntañga, meaning “the daughter of the white man" (also called nlo-ngontang, a contraction of nlo ngon ntanga, meaning "the face of the daughter of the white man"). The masks were used in the...


Musamo (Headrest)

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The Mbudye is a council of respected members of the community, both men and women, tasked with upholding the historical and political principles of the Luba state. Much like modern governments, Mbudye exists to interpret and implement laws, and to...


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...