Art of modern Africa

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Ceremonial Staff (Kibango), Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
this was used for religious ceremonies, as the two women on the top have sacrificial markings on them
Mask (mwana pwo), Artist Unknown, African, Chokwe Peoples Angola, 1885/1895, From the collection of: University of Michigan Museum of Art
this mask may have used for initiation
Helmet Mask: Sowei, Mende people, Sewa subgroup, 1900 - 2000, From the collection of: The Toledo Museum of Art
This mask would have been used in initiation from girl to woman. It represents the idea female beauty. It can be compared to certain African butterfly's chrysalis.
Ndeemba Mask for N-khanda Initiation, Unknown, early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
A mask used for initiation into adulthood.
Helmet Mask with Antelope Horns, African, Guinea Coast, early 20th century, From the collection of: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
this may have been used initiation, as is spirits were thought to take such animal forms
Bwami Society Maskette, Artist Unknown, African, Lega Peoples Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1900/1975, From the collection of: University of Michigan Museum of Art
A mask used in a initiation ceremony from one level of bwami to a higher level.
Helmut Bird Mask, Unknown, Mossi People, ca. 20th Century, From the collection of: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
This may have been a initiation mask, as some initiation masks depict spirits in animal form.
Shoulder Headdress (Zigiren-wunde), Unknown, late 19th-early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This may have been used in female initiation.
Pair of Headdresses (Ci Wara Kunw), Bamana, Mali, Baninko region, Mid-19th/early 20th century, From the collection of: The Art Institute of Chicago
These may have been used ceremonies.
Dance Headdress (Ci-wara Kun), Unknown, late 19th-early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This headdress may have been used for a performance of sorts
Power Figure (Nkisi Nkondi), Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This is a power figure, as indicated by the nails and sharp objects that have be driven into it. This is to get the figures attention and prick it into action.
Power Figure (Nkishi), Unknown, late 19th or early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
The bilongo on the head of this power figure was use to communicate with spirit forces.
Power Figure (Nkishi), Unknown, late 19th or early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
Powere figures were used to communicate with the spirit world, so that mortals could call upon a spirit to aid them in there struggles.
Power Figure (Nkishi), Unknown, late 19th or early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
the bilongo around the neck and waist indicate that this is a power figure. Bilongo's are ingredients that are used accordingly to help fix the clients problems.
community power figure, Unknown, 1900-1930, From the collection of: Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
This Power figure is in a pose of alertness, ready to do its job.
Reliquary Guardian Figure (Eyema-o-Byeri), Master of Ntem, 1750-1860, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
These figures were used as points of contact for ancestors, and a guardians to protect ancestral relics from malevolent spirits.
Reliquary Guardian Figure (Boumba Bwiti), Unknown, late 19th or early 20th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
This figure can be seen guarding the relics of an ancestor.
Twin Figure (Ere Ibeji), Unknown, From the collection of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
The birth of twins was celebrated in Africa. Most twins died at birth, or very early on in there childhood. If a twin died, a figure would have be carve as a dwelling place for the child's spirit.
Kneeling Mother and Child, African, Tanzania-Mozambique border area, Makonde people, late 19th century, From the collection of: Kimbell Art Museum
This figure may have been a spirit spouse, as indicated by the glossy surface, which could be a result of washing, dressing, and other actions used with a spirit spouse.
Tall Male Figure, Unknown, ca. 20th Century, From the collection of: The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
This may have been a spirit spouse
Chiefs Chair, Unknown, 19th century, From the collection of: Brooklyn Museum
A chief of an African tribe may have sat upon this chair
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