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Loniakê (Animal Totem Mask)


The Tussian (called Tusiã, Tusian, Toussian, and Tusya, in various sources) are a small ethnic group in Burkina Faso. All men and some women within the community must be initiated into the Dó (also called Dou) association....

Hegba (Stool)


The Bongo of Sudan carve backless and armless small stools called hegba. Used solely by women, these distinctive stools were once found in every Bongo household and were designed for use in everyday...

Mutsago (Ancestor Headrest)


The Shona of Zimbabwe carve mutsago headrests in a variety of shapes, forms, and designs. These headrests, carved and used solely by men, are said to have a number of uses. The primary use of mutsago headrests is for sleep....

Karan-Wemba (Ancestor Mask)


The Mossi of Bukina Faso and the Dogon of Mali make use of karan-wemba masks.

For the Dogon, the masks represent a Yasigine or Satimbe, an elderly woman who, as part of the mask society, has been part of two Sigi...

Okuyi (Female 'Mourning' Mask)


The Punu and Lumbo of the Gabonese Republic are matrilineal; they trace their lines of descent through the women of the community. As such, female ancestors are venerated and the ‘first’ female ancestor—the...

Misikun (Cow Helmet Mask)


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...