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FJC011 - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art

FJC011 - Art & Life in Africa - The University of Iowa Museum of Art

Bamileke people KUOSI (ELEPHANT MASK) SOCIETY COSTUME, Fabric, fur, hair, beads, ivory, feathers, twine  Overall Height: 67 inches

Bamileke people KUOSI (ELEPHANT MASK) SOCIETY COSTUME, Fabric, fur, hair, beads, ivory, feathers, twine Overall Height: 67 inches

Les Vêtements traditionnels du Vaudou au Bénin (3)

Les Vêtements traditionnels du Vaudou au Bénin

Yoruba Egungun Costume 13.Egungun, or "powers concealed," refers both to the nature of the masked dance and to the spiritual power of the ancestors it honors. Over time an egungun mask is built up with layer upon layer of local and imported cloth. Its many panels celebrate the wealth and status of all family members, living or dead. During a performance individual cloth strips fan out in every direction but the dancer's body is never revealed. (per Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)

Yoruba Egungun Costume 13.Egungun, or "powers concealed," refers both to the nature of the masked dance and to the spiritual power of the ancestors it honors. Over time an egungun mask is built up with layer upon layer of local and imported cloth. Its many panels celebrate the wealth and status of all family members, living or dead. During a performance individual cloth strips fan out in every direction but the dancer's body is never revealed. (per Smithsonian National Museum of African Art)

Speaking with Beads Zulu Arts from South Africa Jean Morris

Speaking with Beads Zulu Arts from South Africa Jean Morris

"Bwa Plank Masks" Yenou Village, Burkina Faso, 2006 photo by Phyllis Galembo

"Bwa Plank Masks" Yenou Village, Burkina Faso, 2006 photo by Phyllis Galembo

"Beautiful Hand and Friendly Society", Arie-Shola Masquerade, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2008 photo by Phyllis Galembo

"Beautiful Hand and Friendly Society", Arie-Shola Masquerade, Freetown, Sierra Leone, 2008 photo by Phyllis Galembo

Africa | Bwa masquerader; funeral masks are a blur of explosive energy as they spin, twirl, and jump their way through a set of acrobatic dances. This spectacle aims to drive away any souls who have outstayed their welcome in the living world . Burkina Faso | ©Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Africa | Bwa masquerader; funeral masks are a blur of explosive energy as they spin, twirl, and jump their way through a set of acrobatic dances. This spectacle aims to drive away any souls who have outstayed their welcome in the living world . Burkina Faso | ©Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

OUIDAH, BENIN - JANUARY 10: An 'Egungun' spirit stands during a Voodoo ceremony on January 10, 2012 in Ouidah, Benin. Shrouded in mystery an...

OUIDAH, BENIN - JANUARY 10: An 'Egungun' spirit stands during a Voodoo ceremony on January 10, 2012 in Ouidah, Benin. Shrouded in mystery an...

“Dancer from the Ekona people. Isangi, Bikoro, Belgian Congo (today, the Democratic Republic of Congo) | C. Lamote. ca. 1957 ”

“Dancer from the Ekona people. Isangi, Bikoro, Belgian Congo (today, the Democratic Republic of Congo) | C. Lamote. ca. 1957 ”