Brooklyn Art Museum, NY

African exhibit, Dec. 2007, as seen by Netiva



Komo mask, Burkina Faso


Married with 1st child (scars)


Totem animal for a clan

in Burkina Faso

West Africa

door of important people


In Guinea Bissau an initiation mask for young people


In Ivory Coast idealizing female beauty

In Liberia this mask excites the villagers in festivities



Small personal masks

that protect their owners

kept hidden

except in festivities



Baboon figure from Ivory Coast

for the cult of Mbra


Monument to the dead

in Ouidah, Benin





The Yoruba

the largest ethnic group

Gelede mask in Nigeria

worn by men to honor women

of the community living and dead

Divination tapper (Iroke ifa), Yoruba , Nigeria

Yoruba Gelede masks emerging from the sacred forest in Benin

singing songs to remind people

to respect the powerful especially elder women in Yoruba society

West and Central Africa


Ebo Oba, mask to honor the father of a king

placed on an altar in the Royal palace of Benin

Hip ornaments with face

in the Royal court of Benin, Nigeria

a warrier

of the court of the Oba, or king, Benin , Nigeria

Headdress in the kingdom of Cameroon

worn by secret society men serving as police or in court of law


emblem of the leopard secret society in cameroon (Nkpa)


Power figure (Nkisi Nkondi)

in Congo. In cavity ingredients are placed of super natural power

In Congo, used in dances of Yaka men circuncision ceremony


In Gabon, guardian figure


Hemba mask to protect boys during the initiation ceremony





Chief chair


Congo





Divination figures (Mukishi) in the Democratic republic of Congo


Painted Karo dancers in Ethiopia



Caribbean religions in the most part are direct products of African influence