We acquired the 70 plus African masks during several years of living in Western and Central African countries prior to 1986. We wish to market the entire collection, or, alternatively, ethnic groupings that may be of interest to individual collectors. Most of the masks were made in Zaire (Kuba, Pende, Salampasu, Songye, Tshokwe, Yaka, Suku, etc.). Eight of the masks are rare Kom pieces from Cameroon. Masks from Mali, Liberia, Angola and Ivory Coast are also included.
The masks which we consider art objects were created for specific utilitarian purposes, as tools to facilitate cultural functions -initiation into adulthood and secret societies, ancestor worship, births, deaths, law enforcement, fertility and agricultural rites, healing and exorcism, etc. Sadly, most African countries which do have museums are without resources to preserve them. The effects of termites, fungi and other pathogens can be seen on many masks.
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