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African Art. African Masks. African Masks. Masks are a popular tradition in many cultures. African masks were worn for celebrating victory, to ward off evil, and for storytelling. . The style of African masks

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african art

African Art

African Masks

african masks
African Masks
  • Masks are a popular tradition in many cultures. African masks were worn for celebrating victory, to ward off evil, and for storytelling.
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The style of African masks
  • Some are realistic portraits and some are representing abstract qualities like: nobility, beauty, courage, mischief and humor.
  • Exaggerated features help to express these abstract values: diamond or football shaped eyes, elongated noses and low set mouths
  • Artists like Picasso, Modigliani and Andre Derain were inspired by the bold abstract designs of African tribal masks.
african masks materials used
African Masks-Materials Used
  • African masks are made from different materials: wood, bronze, brass, copper, ivory, terracotta and glazed pottery, raffia and textiles. They are often decorated with shells, colored beads, bone, animal skin and vegetable fibers.