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"African Masks" - by Aderonke Aina-Scott
Category: Mixed Media Collection: Mixed Media
Style: Broken Tiles Medium: Mixed Media
Color:
#999999 #666666 #99705C #99857A #664B3D #998F7A #665252 #7A8599

African masks are considered amongst the finest creations in the art world and are highly sought after by art collectors. Many of the pieces some replica's, can be viewed in museums and art galleries in many parts of the world. Masking ceremonies in Africa have great cultural and traditional significance. Latest developments and understanding of Aesthetic principles, religious and ceremonial values, have brought about a greater insight into the ideas and moral values that African artists express in their art.
During celebrations, initiations, crop harvesting, war preparation, peace and trouble times, African masks are worn by a chosen or initiated dancer. It can be worn in three different ways: vertically covering the face: as helmets, encasing the entire head, and as crest, resting upon the head, which was commonly covered by material as part of the disguise. African masks often represent a spirit and it is strongly believed that the spirit of the ancestors possesses the wearer. It is an interesting piece
executed in a duochromatic mosaic-like style.
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