Antelope mask Bobo people, Burkina Fasso 28 inches, painted wood Two antelope masks, called Kaan, rest between dances. Their ritual role is to remove any vestiges of negative energy that have accumulated in the community since the last harvest.
African masks are arguably the most recognised artefacts or craft items from the African continent. They will feature in many museums, art galleries and also craft for sale. The masks hold a very special place in African cultures.
This is an African dancing mask called the Pende Pumbu mask. It is reserved for the chief of a tribe and is only danced in times of illness or other hardships. It is the chiefs way of asserting his dominance.