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Africa | A Grebo mask, Ivory Coast/Liberia | In former times, the grè - mask of war - was supposed to encourage the warriors and to scare away the enemy sorcerer; it's now present during the funeral. All the features are emphasized to terrify: huge mouth in the shape of a muzzle, the fangs of wild animals, horns and brass mails.

A Grebo mask Wood, nails, cauries - 33 and 56 cm Liberia, Ivory Coast. Like the use of copper nails. Copper nails could be added to cladding as a feature.

Africa | Mbolo Twin Mask (Nda) from the Baule people of the Bandama River region of the Ivory Coast | Wood, metal | 19th to 20th century

Mbolo Twin Mask (Nda) from the Baule people of the Bandama River region of the Ivory Coast, Wood, metal, patina stain

Africa | Female 'Pwo' mask from the Chokwe people of Angola and DR Congo | Wood, pigment, metal and natural fiber

Angola, DR Congo Chokwe people female Pwo mask of wood, pigment, metal and natural fibre.

Cool Africian Zebra Mask!!

Zebra mask, a wall hanging made in Indonesia. Hand carved from light Albessia wood, hand painted

Mask (Ngady Amwaash) Kuba Kasai region Democratic Republic of Congo Late 19th - mid-20th century CE Wood pigment glass beads cowrie shells fabric and string

Mask (Ngady Amwaash) Kuba Kasai region Democratic Republic of Congo Late - century CE Wood pigment glass beads cowrie shells fabric and string

Africa | Carved wooden door from the Igbo people of Nigeria | Carved from a sacred hardwood, iroko.

Africa / Carved Wooden Door from the Igbo People of Nigeria / Carved from a Sacred Hardwood, Iroko

mysleepykisser-with-feelings-hid:     Amadeo Modigliani, Tête, 1911-1912     Modigliani was encouraged to sculpt  by Brancusi. He made about thirty stone carvings before poverty and  ill-health forced him to stop. These were mostly heads, of which this is  one of the largest. Seven were shown as a ‘decorative ensemble’ in  1912, and Epstein later recalled that Modigliani would place candles on  them, achieving the effect of ‘a primitive  temple’. Modigliani eclectically borrowed from…

Amedeo Modigliani - Tête, Tête is one of 27 known sculptures by Modigliani and was made between 1910 and The limestone head stands over 2 feet tall and depicts the head of a woman wearing a tribal mask with her hair swept back.

'Cimier' Face mask from the Tikar people of Cameroon. | Bronze and Raffia | Early 20th century

Cameroun ~ "Cimier" Face Mask from the Tikar people ~ Bronze and Raffia - century

INFINITY OF NATIONS / Celebrating the Northwest Coast - National Museum of the American Indian, Lower Manhattan NYC - 03/21/11, via Flickr.

Celebrating the Northwest Coast - National Museum of the American Indian, Lower Manhattan NYC

Africa | Carved wooden Baule door, Ivory Coast  | © Tim Hamill

Baule door, Ivory coast: A historic door like this will set you back a pretty penny. However, the tradition of carving continues and contemporary pieces can be had on the market in Abidjan's Zone 4 or Macory neighborhoods at more affordable prices.

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Face Mask (Kpeliye'e), century Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, or Burkina Faso. Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Haida Bird Mask from the 19th–20th century. Wood (cedar), paint, feathers, copper, whalebone, string, iron nails. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

Bird Mask from century, British Columbia. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC Haida culture, British Columbia)

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