About African Masks
West African masks are rarely produced for purely decorative purposes. Rather, they are highly active signifiers of the spirit world and traditionally play a central role in ceremonies that serve both accompany important rites of passage and to entertain. There is a staggering range of shapes and styles of mask, all of which are invariably rich in meaning; they range from the tiny 'passport' mask of the Dan (Cote d'Ivoire) to the Dogon mask (Mali), which can tower up to 10m in height.
| Masks, which are usually created by professional artisans, can be made of wood, brass, tin, leather, cloth, glass beads, natural fibers and even (in the case of the Ashanti) gold. They come in numerous forms, including face masks, helmet masks (which cover the whole head), headdresses (which are secured on the top of the head), the massive nimba masks of the Baga people in Guinea (which are carried on the dancers shoulders), and the famous ivory hip masks from the Kingdom of Benin (present day Nigeria), which are worn around the waist.
Lotus Masks specializes in West African tribal masks. We invite you explore all our African Masks and discover what makes West African masks some of the most exotic and beautiful masks in the world.
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