Friday, December 12, 2008

Friday Museum Sketches

Hello Everybody back from hiatus it's the friday museum sketches!

Today's Entry is from the Seattle Art Museum's excellent collection of African Masks. These are from Afikpo, Nigeria, and are used in public performances where hundreds of masked individuals interact with the crowds. When wearing the masks prayers turn into a mma, a type of spirit which allows the wearer to speak the truth.

In the display, the masks are put on costumed models to present the context of their use.

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