Funeral mask in polychrome carved wood preserved in good condition.
These kinds of pieces were used in ceremonies to celebrate the passage to the afterlife.
In the African tradition, white is the colour of the world of the ancestors. It’s the colour of light, purity and wisdom.
. Black is the colour of all negative things, sorcery, violent death, evil, night.
The contrast between black and white symbolizes the move to a new life, the death and transit of the deceased into the world of ancestors.
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Mid 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 25×18×12 cm