Yohure mask The Yohure tribe resides in the central region of what is today the Ivory Coast, to the east of the city Bouafle between the white and red bandama rivers. Their masks have elaborate hairstyles which often include horns, elongated faces with a high forehead, arched eyebrows and a low protruding mouth.
Lwalwa origins are closely tied to the Kete who live to the north and originally migrated from the area currently located between the Luba and Songye Kingdoms. Before the 17th century the Lwalwa were divided into small matrilineal chiefdoms. Later they became part of the ties established between the Lunda and Luba.
Learn More: Senufo Firespitter Mask. The Senufo are an ethnic group who live in Côte d’Ivoire, previously called the Ivory Coast.
These types of masks are made and worn exclusively, by male dancers and only carved by initiated members of the male Poro society. The mask served to protect the young initiate against destructive or evil forces from the time of initiation, till he one day enters the spirit realm.
Check the back of the mask for wear, including the holes for fastening the mask on the face. The wearer does a lot of moving in his dances, and contact between body and wood can leave sweat and oil stains. 2. Look for wear from forehead, cheeks, chins and noses.
Teke-Tsaayi Mask. This disk-shaped facial mask has tribal iconographic and geometrical motifs that are symmetrically arranged and cover the entire face of the mask. This mask was created by the Tsaayi, a group of the Teke sub-tribe; the only group to make and have used wooden masks in their ceremonies.
They were also widely used among Oceanic peoples of the South Pacific and among American Indians. Masks have served an important role as a means of discipline and have been used to admonish. Common in China, Africa, Oceania, and North America, admonitory masks usually completely cover the features of the wearer.
Antelope is one of the most widely used animal masks. It symbolizes agriculture and is worn to enable better crops. Horns represent growth of millet, legs roots of the plants while ears represent songs that women sing in the harvest time.
Beete Mask: Gorilla (Gon) 19th–20th century The Kwele are among the Bantu-speaking peoples who live in western equatorial Africa’s rain forest. During the precolonial era, inhabitants of the region adhered to a highly diffuse notion of territoriality.
The masks, known as kpeliye’e, feature delicate oval faces with geometric projections at the sides. Raised and incised scarification patterns ornament their smooth, glossy surfaces. Considered feminine, the masks honor deceased Senufo elders with their grace and beauty.
Worn at performances to celebrate the completion of the young initiates’ training period, these masks are finely carved to convey admired feminine features: an elaborate coiffure, a smooth broad forehead, narrowly slit eyes, a small composed mouth, and a sensuously ringed neck.
The tribal masks of the Senufo tribe are mostly political masks. This particular mask is worn by a man and represents a woman, since women in the tribe don’t wear the masks. It was used in important ceremonies to represent the gender roles and how they intermingle with society at large.
Carved from a single piece of soft wood, this oval face mask by a Dan carver of Côte d’Ivoire or Liberia features a wide forehead, large circular eye holes, and nose and mouth in high relief. The wood has been darkened and appears black with a shiny surface.
The Dan people live in the western part of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and eastern Liberia and are widely known for the wide variety of masks that are central to their cultural life and social organization.
Dan, also called Gio or Yakuba, an ethnolinguistic grouping of people inhabiting the mountainous west-central Côte d’Ivoire and adjacent areas of Liberia. The Dan belong to the Southern branch of the Mande linguistic subgroup of the Niger-Congo language family.