Ceremonial East African Mask

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Material: Ebony
Size (LxBxH): 14 x 5 x 17 inches
Origin: East Africa


Ritual and ceremonial masks are an integral part of the traditional culture of many indigenous tribes in Africa. While there are differences in the significance or purpose of different masks in different cultures, some traits are common to most African cultures. All masks have a spiritual or religious meaning, and they are used in ritual dances or religious events. In most traditional African cultures, the person who wears the mask becomes a sort of medium between his or her community members, and the spirits.
This ceremonial mask is from East Africa, and is made using ebony. A worthy collectible, it is from the 1960s or 1970s.