Dinh Nguyen

Coital Figures – Burkina Faso

Coital Figures Region: Burkina Faso The Coital figure from the people of Burkina Faso. Lobi Figures are the enigmatic, brooding sculpture that protect the Lobi people and express their traditional beliefs. The figures were placed on family altars in the thilda, a room in each dwelling. Each figure was not a representation but an actual spirit, or tibil thil. It […]
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Prestige Object – African Coastal Region

Prestige Object Region: African Coastal Region Dan masks are tools of communication between the world of the living and the realm of the ancestors. They are employed to resolve problems of all kinds. Face masks have idealized human features that are smoothly sculpted with a large domed forehead, a fine nose, and slightly modeled cheekbones. Masks appear frequently during initiation […]
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Fang Mask – Gabon

Fang Mask Region: Gabon The Fang people used masks in their secret societies. Members of this male society wore the Ngil masks during the initiation of new members and the persecution of wrongdoers. Masqueraders, clad in raffia costumes and attended by helpers, would materialize in the village after dark, illuminated by flickering torchlight. The Fang tribe are spread over a […]
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Standing One Leg Woman

Standing One Leg Woman Region: Liberia “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint […]
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Mask II – Ivory Coast

Mask II Region: Ivory Coast “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat […]
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Kneeling Figure – Congo, Tanzania

Kneeling Figure Region: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla […]
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Standing Woman

Standing Woman Region: This sculpted female figure elegantly visualizes Luba concepts of feminine beauty, maturity, and civilization. Her hair is carefully arranged, and her eyes are downcast in modesty. Her body is elaborately decorated with scarification (ntapo) with named patterns inspired by things in nature. The figure’s glossy surface refers to a real-life feminine practice of applying oil nightly to […]
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Mask – Mali

Mask Region: Mali Dogon masks, such as this one called kanaga, are worn primarily at dama, a collective funerary rite for Dogon men. The ritual’s goal is to ensure the safe passage of the spirits of the deceased to the world of the ancestors. The ceremony is organized by members of Awa, a male initiation society with ritual and political […]
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Kono Bundu Helmet – Sierre Leone

Kono Bundu Helmet Region: Sierra Leone This helmet mask reveals the hand of a master through its refined carving, harmonious design, and innovative elements. Within Mende and Sherbro culture, helmet masks are carved with symbolic features intended to endow the wearer with spiritual power. Senior members of two distinct initiation societies, Sande and Humui, may have worn this work in […]
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Kneeling Prisoner Mirror Fetish – Congo

Kneeling Prisoner Mirror Fetish Region: Democratic Republic of the Congo Nkisi-The best known of Kongo art is the nkisi, a term which is untranslatable, but which refers to carved figures which are used for dealing with problems ranging from public strife, theft and disease to the hope of seducing women and becoming wealthy. An nkisi generally contains relics from someone […]
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