African culture used masks in rituals from the earliest days of human civilization. They are the most commonly used for purpose of communicating with spirits and bringing them in our plane. Read more about African masks.
Epa mask. Yoruba people. Nigeria. Wood, polychrome paint. Used at "epa" celebrations, young men prove their skills and strength by carrying such high tapering and heavy masks on top of their heads, while dancing and jumping.
African masks are arguably the most recognised artefacts or craft items from the African continent. They will feature in many museums, art galleries and also craft for sale. The masks hold a very special place in African cultures.