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Africa | Mask "phumbu" from the Pende people of Congo | Wood, polychrome paint, raffia

Africa | Mask "kasangu" from the Salampasu people of DR Congo | Wood, kaoline, rattan and plant fiber

Bambara Mask | The Bambara or Bamana are Mali's largest ethnic group. The Bambara had its glory in the early 17th century, when Kaladian Coulibaly founded the empire of Segou, a kingdom that was one of the dominating forces in the region. Bambara masks represent different manifestations of Faro, the creator god and guide of the universe, who gave all the qualities to men and who grows the fruit of the earth. So the mask is directly involved in the ceremonies, and its power is still…

Africa | Mask from the Punu people of Gabon | ca. 35 years old

Maske "phumbu", D. R. Congo, Pende

Africa | Mask from the Punu people of Gabon | Wood and pigment | Image ©Michel Renaudeau

Africa | Mask from the Chokwe people of DR Congo, Angola or Zambia | Wood, raffia, cloth, metal, rope | ca. early 20th century

Le masque africain Punu ou le culte des morts en Afrique

Africa | Mask "mbuya" from the Pende people of DR Congo | Wood, polychrome paint, raffia and plant fiber. Workshop maskers: www.desteenakker.nl