African Tribal Masks and African Traditional Costumes are art forms associated with African Tribes dating back as far as 2.6 million years ago. More recently, in the 20th century, famous artists such as Picasso have based their bold and abstract work on these very masks. While we see these masks and the art associated with them as pieces of beauty and mystery – African masks were initially intended to be used as part of ceremonial costumes worn for weddings, funerals, initiations and religious ceremonies. The masks were worn to represent the spirits of ancestors and came to life through dance and music. Some masks combine human and animal features showing the close ties of the African tribal people with mother nature.
Wezandla brings these masks to you – from the darkest depths of the African continent.