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Monday, June 7, 2010


The mask,is usually made of wood, it is the most important part of the Yoruba festival makeup.Very often they not only cover the face but also the whole of the head and shoulders.The one shown in this illustration is carved in soft wood and painted in realistic colours.IT IS WORN ON ToP OF THE DANCERS HEAD WHILE HIS FACE AND HEAD ARE concealed to give the extra height and distortion and thus add to the interest and mystery of the dance.

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