African masks and art

I was walking in Manhattan today when I went across a street fair. These African masks were displayed and available for purchase.

But what’s in a mask?

They are essential elements of traditional African culture and are associated to rituals, especially in the western and central parts of Africa. Conceptually and spiritually, they are used to allow someone to forget his human nature and become either another person, an animal or a supernatural being or spirit.

Many different styles of masks have been produced throughout history in different cultures. They link art, civilization and society.


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