African masks, objects with meaning – Sankore África

African masks, objects with meaning

Wooden African masks have a long and rich history. They have been used for centuries in African cultures for various purposes such as protection, communication, and decoration.

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The first masks were probably made from materials such as clay, wood, and stone. They were often used for represent spirits, ancestors and gods. As their popularity grew, African masks became more complex and detailed, often with detailed depictions of animals and spirits. They were also used to communicate, and each mask had a different meaning. For example, a mask with a lion could represent strength and courage, while a mask with a monkey could represent mischief and joy.

The african masks they also fulfilled various practical functions. For example, they were sometimes used to protect people from evil spirits and keep dangerous animals away. Also, they were often used in ceremonies to honor ancestors and gods.

Today, African masks are popular all over the world and have become a symbol of African culture. They can be found in a wide variety of places, from traditional ceremonies to modern art galleries.

mali masks

The wooden masks of Mali they usually have a human-like face, with a slightly elongated forehead and nose. These masks are often used in ceremonies and rituals to honor the spirit or ancestor they represent. When hanging an African mask at home, it is important to consider where it will be placed. It's usually better to hang it near the entrance of the house, since it is considered a sign of respect and protection.

White Mali Mask

In Sankore We want to bring these decorations closer to homes that remind us of the power and beauty of African culture.

How to hang our masks on the wall

When hanging an African mask on the wall, it is important to ensure that it is securely fastened by hanging it on a sturdy nail. If it is a light mask, then a small nail or adhesive will do. The mask should be placed away from direct sunlight and moisture. In addition, it must be dusted and cleaned regularly to maintain its quality and beauty.

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