Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood Dimensions (in): 9" x "5" x 11" Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 12.7 x 27.94 Region: Cameroon Tribe: Kwele Tribe Approximate Age: 52 years (1968) Availability: In Stock Item Number: M015 Condition: Excellent Certificate of Authenticity Provided
Custom-made mask stand included with your purchase
Kwele masks are used in ceremonies to promote well-being and community. They feature a recessed heart-shaped faced framing narrow eyes and a triangular nose. There is also a fine aged patina contrasted with white kaolin on the facial plane.
Masks from Africa Masks were probably the first objects of African Art to capture the interest of art lovers of the New World. Like sculptures, masks served distinct functions. They were used for initiation, fertility rites, ancestor and spiritual worship, and other ceremonies.
The multitude of styles the masks produced revealed great artistic stories. African masks have been collected since artists like Pablo Picasso started his famous collection. He has stated that African masks inspired much of his work.
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