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Wooden masks

MASQUE,-VUVI,-GABON

Vuvi Mask, Gabon via Sotheby’s.

HOOK-MASK,-BAHINEMO-PEOPLE,-HUNSTEIN-MOUNTAINS,-PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA

Hook-Mask, Bahinemo People, Hunstein Mountains, Papua New Guinea via Sotheby’s.

MASK,-BAFO,-CAMEROON

Bafo Mask, Cameroon via Sotheby’s.

MASK,-TEKE-TSAAYI,-REPUBLIC-OF-THE-CONGO

Mask, Teke/Tsaayi, Republic Of The Congo via Sotheby’s.

WAR-CANOE-PROW-MASK,-IATMUL-PEOPLE,-MIDDLE-SEPIK-RIVER,-PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA

War Canoe Prow Mask, Iatmul People, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea via Sotheby’s.

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South African Fertility Figures

Zulu-male-figures-(udoli)-wearing-imitsha-made-by-Hluphekile-MaMchunu-Zuma-1990.-Photo-by-Action-Photos

Zulu male figures (udoli) wearing imitsha made by Hluphekile MaMchunu Zuma 1990. Photo by Action Photos. Collection Frank Jolles.

Zulu-clay-doll-(udoli)-Photo-by-Hershel-Mair

Zulu clay doll (udoli) Photo by Hershel Mair. Collection SAM.

Zulu-male-figure-(udoli)-Photo-by-Action-Photos-Collection-Frank-Jolles

Zulu male figure (udoli) Photo by Action Photos. Collection Frank Jolles.

Tonga-child-figures.-Collection-K

Tonga child figures. Collection K. Nel KN/T/3 – 4

Zulu-woman-figures-(udoli)-made-by-Hluphekile-MaMchunu-Zuma-1989.-Photo-by-Action-Photos

Zulu woman figures (udoli) made by Hluphekile MaMchunu Zuma 1989. Photo by Action Photos. Collection Frank Jolles.

Ovakwanyama,-child-from-the-palm-fruit.-Collection-WITS-SFB-94.16

Ovakwanyama, child from the palm fruit. Collection WITS-SFB 94.16.02.

South-Sotho-clay-doll-collected-by-Revd-Ellenberger-pre-1870

South Sotho clay doll collected by Revd Ellenberger pre 1870. Collection Museum of Mankind, London.

Scans from Evocations of the Child: Fertility figures of the southern African region.

 

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Dogon or Bamana “spritual armour” protection clothing

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Photographs © Tim Hamill

“These garments, called shirts, jackets or tunics were worn by Dogon or Bamana men for protection in the forest, from both wild animals and dangerous spirits. A successful hunter must not only be master of the forest and wild animals, but must also have the spiritual power necessary to negotiate the dangerous supernatural realm. They are often embellished with small objects, animal horns, mirrors, jewelry, and leather pouches, that provide the “spiritual armor” necessary to protect the hunter from both real and spirit forces.”

http://www.hamillgallery.com/BAMANA/BamanaHuntersShirts/BamanaShirts.html

 

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African marriage rituals

 

Berber Mother and Daughter, Morocco  Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. Conveying blessings and bittersweet good-byes, a Berber mother in Morocco plants a kiss on her daughter’s knee as she gives her in marriage to a man more than twice her age. Days of feasting will weave into nights of singing and dancing for the bride, who has captured the liver—the Berber embodiment of love—of the man sworn to protect her.

Berber Mother and Daughter, Morocco Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. Conveying blessings and bittersweet good-byes, a Berber mother in Morocco plants a kiss on her daughter’s knee as she gives her in marriage to a man more than twice her age. Days of feasting will weave into nights of singing and dancing for the bride, who has captured the liver—the Berber embodiment of love—of the man sworn to protect her.

 

Maasai Wedding Day, Kenya  Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. A single tear marks the moment of farewell for lavishly beaded Nosianai as she leaves her family home in the Loita Hills of southern Kenya. Wedding-day tears may express true sadness among Maasai girls, who submit to arranged marriages with much older men whom they barely know.

Maasai Wedding Day, Kenya Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. A single tear marks the moment of farewell for lavishly beaded Nosianai as she leaves her family home in the Loita Hills of southern Kenya. Wedding-day tears may express true sadness among Maasai girls, who submit to arranged marriages with much older men whom they barely know.

 

Rashaida Bride, Eritrea Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher Veiled behind an elaborate mask called a burga, a Rashaida bride stays in seclusion before her wedding. The Muslim Rashaida are Bedouin merchants and camel breeders, originally from Saudi Arabia, who keep to themselves and marry only their own.

Rashaida Bride, Eritrea Photograph by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. Veiled behind an elaborate mask called a burga, a Rashaida bride stays in seclusion before her wedding. The Muslim Rashaida are Bedouin merchants and camel breeders, originally from Saudi Arabia, who keep to themselves and marry only their own.

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/countries/african-marriage-rituals/

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1935 Teke

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Peabody Museum masks

Peabody Museum collection

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Surma and Mursi people of the Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Photographs by Hans Silvester from the Marlborough Gallery. Found via Asherah66.

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4755 1 Ambo Lunda Doll

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9944a Beaded Calabash Doll, Fali, Cameroon

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9882a Beaded Doll, Kapseke, Cameroon

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