African Tribal Art - Masks

African masks play a central role in traditional, ceremonial and tribal life in Sub-Saharan Africa. Although the rituals associated with masks vary within African cultures, traits such as social, spiritual and religious gatherings are shared. Mask-making is a treasured art form passed down generations, from father to son. For artists who create masks and the chosen ones who wear masks in village ceremonies, a special status is associated - with masks holding a deep symbolism - such as warrior strength, courage and the spirit of ancestors. African masks are made of various materials - leather, metal, fabric and different types of wood - and these masks come in many colors, such as red, brown, orange and black.