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Chokwe Mask, Democratic Republic of The Congo 20th Century
Located in Austin, TX
This exquisite mask, meticulously crafted by the Chokwe people, embodies both spiritual power and artistic finesse. Its design, rooted in tradition, carries layers of meaning that re...
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20th Century Congolese Masks

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Wood

Chokwe Mask, Democratic Republic of The Congo 20th Century
Located in Austin, TX
"Echoes of Tradition"--The Chokwe Mask This remarkable 20th-century Chokwe mask, hailing from the heart of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, encapsulates the essence of Chokwe c...
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20th Century Congolese Masks

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Wood, Beads

1970s Bacchus as Harvest Jester Ceramic Mask Majolica Ceramiche Artistice, Italy
Located in Andernach, DE
Absolutely impressive Bacchus in the shape of a jester carrying a full bounty of the harvest on his head: there is fiery red pepperoni placed as horns, a juicy plum, lemons and plent...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Baroque Masks

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Ceramic

MISTO, Seminara Ceramic Mask
Located in Paris, FR
MISTO invites itself into your interior to ward off spells, evil spirits and evil influences. Sophie Dries reinvents the traditional Calabrian mask with her contemporary graphic li...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Masks

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Ceramic

TA RA TA TA, Seminara Ceramic Mask
Located in Paris, FR
The apotropaic (warding off evil) mask from Seminara can be distinguished by its horns, wide eyes, mustache, and screaming mouth with its tongue sticking out. The masks are finished in enormous wood fired kilns, which adds an uncontrollable twist to the features and colors rendered by the artisan’s hands—the final touch in their fierce and imperfect beauty. The demonic aspect of this mask is manifested in order to be expelled, bringing serenity to the owner and ridding the home of negative energy. Giovanni De Francesco takes an idiosyncratic approach to the traditional mask, aiming not for verisimilitude but for a rough impression of the volumes of the face. Using sculptural gestures to shape the clay, he accentuates the fundamental geometry and makes the shapes more grotesque. Incense can also be placed within TA RA TA TA’s ceramic jaws for ritual burning. This function alludes to a specific variation of the typical mask in in the form of a chimneypot: with smoke pouring out of its mouth and eyes, the mask would appear much more ferocious—and thus even more powerful. Details: - Dimension: approximately 32 H x 25 W x 10 D cm - Material: 100% Mediterranean terracotta clay - Technique: 100% handmade in Italy - Each handcrafted TA RA TA TA Seminara mask is unique. Picture on an indicative basis. - 14-days return policy - In stock Giovanni De Francesco (Bergamo 1976), lives and works between Milan and Paris. He is a visual artist dedicated to sculptural installations through the use of plastic materials, photography, video, painting and sound. Since 1997 he has taken part in many personal exhibits as well as collective ones. He an artistic consultant at the Luisa delle Piane gallery in Milan and is a founding member of the Monstera theatre company. He occasionally collaborates with Andre Branzi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Masks

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Ceramic

100 FEARS, Seminara Ceramic Mask
Located in Paris, FR
The traditional masks of the Calabrian town of Seminara are intended to chase away evil from the home, dispel fears and gossip with their exaggerated and grotesque features. The mask...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Masks

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Ceramic

Hand-Carved Wood Javanese ‘Wayang Topeng’ Theatre Mask, Indonesia c. 1900
Located in Jimbaran, Bali
A visibly old mask from the Javanese masks theatre ‘wayang topeng’: carved from hard wood, and painted on the front side. The mask shows clear traces of ...
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Early 20th Century Indonesian Other Masks

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Wood

Antique Mexican Demon Mask
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this rare antique Mexican Demon mask in wood, circa 1970. The mask makes a sound when moved.
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1970s Mexican Folk Art Vintage Masks

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Wood

Antique Mexican Diablo Mask
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this rare and very antique Mexican Diablo mask in wood, circa 1940. Great patina.
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1940s Mexican Folk Art Vintage Masks

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Wood

Mexican Guerrero Painted Copper Barbone Mask
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Latin America, Mexico, Guerrero, ca. early 20th century CE. An evocative copper repousse mask depicting a bearded man with earrings of copper bells reminiscent of those once made by ...
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Early 1900s Mexican Antique Masks

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Copper

Mid-20th Century Black Dance Mask, Guerrero, Mexico
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Mid-20th century black dance mask, Guerrero, Mexico A nice old mask from Guererro, Mexico, used in the Tlacololero Dance of the Tlactapa and probably fr...
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1940s Mexican Tribal Vintage Masks

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Wood

Dan Mask from Ivory Coast, Africa, 1950
Located in Buffalo, NY
Dan Mask from Ivory Coast, Africa,, MID 20TH CENTURY.. gREAT COLOR / PATINA..
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1950s Ivorian Tribal Vintage Masks

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Wood

African Dogon Manner Tribal Face Mask
Located in New York, NY
African Dogon manner tribal face mask, in the style of the Dogon peoples of Mali. Dimensions: 12" H x 6" W (approx) Dealer: S138XX.
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Mid-20th Century Tribal Masks

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Wood

4 Marked Vintage Majolica Ceramic Pottery Wall Masks Italy Cottura Hand Painted
Located in Miami, FL
Set of 4 hand-painted and hand-crafted Majolica Masks, one of them is way bigger than others, Italy circa 1960. The pieces showcases Italian craftsmanship and feature beautiful col...
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1960s Italian Folk Art Vintage Masks

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Ceramic, Pottery

A Primitive Ceramic Mask by Fernand Elchinger France 1960s
Located in HYÈRES, FR
A rare Primitive Mask by Elchinger. France 1960s. Painted ceramic Signed on the back
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1960s French Vintage Masks

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Ceramic

Dan Mask from Ivory Coast, Africa, 1950
Located in NICE, FR
This very elegant Dan mask is well-proportioned with a long protruding mouth from Ivory Coast, Africa. It dates back to the 1950s. The base is included in the price. Dan masks have...
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Mid-20th Century Ivorian Tribal Masks

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Wood

Primitive Wooden Mesoamerican Style Hand Carved Mask Sculpture on Stand Statue
Located in Dayton, OH
Late 20th Century Mesoamerican style tribal mask on black finished wooden stand. The mask is carved from part of a tree trunk with intricate detail. Dimensions: 9.5" x 16" x 21"h
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Late 20th Century Primitive Masks

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Metal

Kifwebe Female Mask from Congo, 20th Century
Located in NICE, FR
This feminine Kifwebe mask of the 'Kikashi' type features a prominent forehead and a subtly raised central crest leading down to the nose. Its round, high-relief mouth adds to its al...
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20th Century Congolese Tribal Masks

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Wood

A Primitive Ceramic Mask by Accolay Pottery France 1960s
Located in HYÈRES, FR
An important wall mask by Accolay Pottery. France 1960s Signed under With nice colors
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1960s French Vintage Masks

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Ceramic

Antique Yao Shaman's Mask
Located in Point Richmond, CA
Yao Shaman's Mask Guizhou Province, China Early 20th Century Wood,horse hair, printed paper, nails Size: 13 1/2" x 8" (34 x 20 cm) On a custom made metal stand. Covered inside and o...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Tribal Masks

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Organic Material, Wood, Paper

Songye Basangwe Mask DRC Wall Hanging Mask Circa 1950s
Located in Torquay, GB
On offer is a Basangwe mask from the Songye people of the Democratic Republic of Congo, circa 1950s. The mask has the typical facial shape of the Basangwe mask. At the top, it has a pair of stylised birds decorated with punched triangles. Their long beaks seem to suggest Hornbill or Kalao bird. The eyes are slanted elongated slits, it has narrow nose and protruding circular mouth in a light russet colour. It has a banded stripe design in black and white more similar to a Songye Kifwebe mask...
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Tribal Masks

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Wood, Paint

Kuba Mweel Mask
Located in Austin, TX
"Residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Kuba people are true artisans whose craftsmanship fueled traditional rituals, performances, and storytelling. Natural materials, in...
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Masks

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Shell, Burlap, Wood

Kuba Mweel Mask
Kuba Mweel Mask
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Kuba Bwoom Mask
Located in Austin, TX
Residing in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Kuba people are true artisans whose craftsmanship fueled traditional rituals, performances, and storytelling. Natural materials, in this case cowrie shells, hold a long history of use in African art often associated with beauty and spirituality. The Bwoom mask...
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Masks

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Copper

Kuba Bwoom Mask
Kuba Bwoom Mask
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African Mask, Angola, 20th Century
Located in Berlin, DE
African mask in hand painted wood, 20th century Angola.
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20th Century Angolan Masks

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Wood

Early 20th Century Pende "Circumcision Ceremonial" Mask
Located in Austin, TX
Revel in the mystique of tribal artistry with this Early 20th Century Pende "Circumcision Ceremonial" Mask. This evocative piece, crafted meticulously by hand, showcases the profound...
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Early 20th Century Ivorian Masks

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Wood

Splendid four rams Ntomo Mask, Bamana Population, Mali
Located in Paris, FR
Splendid four rams Ntomo Mask, Bamana Population, Mali Four Rams, Ntomo Mask, Mali, Wood and cowrie shells. Dimensions: 52 x 14.5 cm 20.48 x 5.51inches The Ntomo mask is used in th...
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20th Century Malian Folk Art Masks

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Shell, Wood

Splendid Kpélié Mask, Sénoufo population, Ivory Coast 1950
Located in Paris, FR
Splendid Kpélié Mask, Sénoufo population, Ivory Coast 1950 Kpélié Mask, wood covered with copper Dimensions 36.5 x 14.5 cm / 14.17 x 5.51 inches The populations speaking the Sénouf...
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1950s Ivorian Folk Art Vintage Masks

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Wood

Splendid Seven rams Ntomo Mask, Bamana Population, Mali, 1930-1940
Located in Paris, FR
Splendid Seven rams Ntomo Mask, Bamana Population, Mali, 1930-1940 Seven Rams Ntomo Mask, Ségou region, Mali, Wood, cowrie shells, reptile skin. Dimensions: 61.5 cm / 24.02 inches. ...
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1930s Malian Folk Art Vintage Masks

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Shell, Wood

Cariddi, Seminara Ceramic Mask
Located in Paris, FR
In Greek mythology, the name CARIDDI (Charybdis in English) belonged to a monster that lived in the sea between Calabria and Sicily and destroyed ships by swallowing them up and spitting them back out, generating dangerous whirlpools in the water. This myth is reinterpreted in the form of a mask, which inverts the traditional convex surface to create a concave volume inspired by the underwater world. The mask invites the gaze into the blue depths of its smooth interior, where an uncanny protrusion emerges in the shape of a nose, a signature motif in Giovanni De Francesco’s artistic production. Each nose-island is different from the others; every mask has a unique beauty accentuated by imperfections, smudges, and uncontrollable colors, invoking the unpredictability of fear. This perception overturns the ferocious symbolism of the legendary monster, rewriting CARIDDI as a welcoming narrative. The artist’s explorations of fear, danger, and the unknown become particularly poignant when placed in the recent historical context of Calabria and the Mediterranean Sea. In the exceptional conditions of the present moment, when hundreds of millions of people are spending more time at home than ever before in living memory, the homeware brand TRAME wants to share the inspiring and supportive influences of these Mediterranean ritual objects with the entire world. The masks, whether the traditional forms or the contemporary design interpretations, reveal a sense of both timelessness and contemporaneity in their aspirational evocation of a social life with more serenity and less fear. Details: - Dimension: approximately 28 H x 22 W x 8 D cm - Material: 100% Mediterranean terracotta clay - Technique: 100% handmade in Italy - Each handcrafted CARIDDI Seminara mask is unique. Picture on an indicative basis. - 14-days return policy - In stock Giovanni De Francesco (Bergamo 1976), lives and works between Milan and Paris. He is a visual artist dedicated to sculptural installations through the use of plastic materials, photography, video, painting and sound. Since 1997 he has taken part in many personal exhibits as well as collective ones. He an artistic consultant at the Luisa delle Piane gallery in Milan and is a founding member of the Monstera theatre company. He occasionally collaborates with Andre Branzi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Masks

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Ceramic

1970's Nicaraguan Mask Folk Art
Located in Vancouver, BC
A traditional Indian dance mask from the town of Monimbo, adopted by the rebels during the fight against Somoza. These were worn in order to conceal one's identity. It is a very un...
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1970s Nicaraguan Folk Art Vintage Masks

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Metal, Wire

Old Igbo Helmet Mask, Agbogho Mmuo Masquerade
Located in Torquay, GB
A superb Igbo Nigeria helmet mask 'Agbogho Mmuo" or Maiden Spirit. Worn as masqurades during funerals, cleansing rituals, harvest festivals, weddings and other such occasions . Igb...
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Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Masks

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Wood, Paint

Liberia Bassa Mask
Located in Chicago, IL
Covered with an extraordinary black crusted patina, this wooden Liberian mask was hand-crafted in the style of the Bassa ethnic group. Bassa communities have a number of rich masking...
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20th Century Liberian Folk Art Masks

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Wood, Paint

Salampasu Mask
Located in Chicago, IL
This ceremonial African mask is linked to the Salampasu people of the Bantu ethnic group located primarily in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Salampasu masks...
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Folk Art Masks

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Wood, Bamboo

19th Century Japanese Lava Stone Mask
Located in Vancouver, BC
A sculpture of great presence. It’s difficult to say when this work was created, but judging by the erosion of the stone - and the delicate nature and almost mold like features of th...
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Mid-19th Century Japanese Arts and Crafts Antique Masks

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Stone, Lava

Xantolo Mask From The Huasteca Region Of Hidalgo, Mexico, 1970´s
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Xantolo mask from the Huasteca region of Hidalgo. This rare collector's mask was acquired from the town of Tzapotitla in the municipality of Huazalingo in the mid 1970´s. The Xantolo celebration is a full blown...
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1970s Mexican Tribal Vintage Masks

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Wood, Paint

Baule-Goli mask carved and painted mid-century
Located in San Francisco, CA
Baule-Goli mask carved and painted mid-century 27 x 2 x 45
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20th Century Masks

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Wood

Rare 2 Faced Twin Lega Mask DRC Large Sized
Located in Torquay, GB
Rare large twin faced Lega mask of the Bwami society in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), circa 1930s. This mask is very rare in that it is a large size ceremonial mask and would h...
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Tribal Masks

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Wood, Paint

Salampasu Warrior Mask
Located in Chicago, IL
Divided into contrasting tones, this ceremonial African mask is linked to the Salampasu people of the Bantu ethnic group located primarily in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Salampasu masks...
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Folk Art Masks

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Wood, Paint

Ekoi, Ejagham Janiform Headcrest, Nigeria
Located in Savannah, GA
Janiform ceremonial headdress from the Ekoi, Ejagham people of the Cross River region of Southeastern Nigeria, circa early 20th century. The janus symbolism from the Cross River r...
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Early 20th Century Nigerian Tribal Masks

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Wood

Hand Painted Wooden African Mask & Snake
Located in Costa Mesa, CA
Hand Painted Wooden African Mask & Snake Dimensions on the snake are as follows 25'' long by 6.25'' tall roughly 1.5'' thick
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1970s Ghanaian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Masks

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Wood

Old Bulu Cameroon Singe Mask Large
Located in Torquay, GB
On offer is a rare large sized 'Singe' Monkey mask from the Bulu people of south central Cameroon. The Bulu are a sub-group of the Cameroon Fang, having originated from Gabon. This...
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Mid-20th Century Cameroonian Tribal Masks

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Wood

West Africa Senufo Cast Bronze Mask Kpelie, Circa 1950s
Located in Torquay, GB
Ancestral Senufo cast bronze face mask (Kpelie) from Côte d'Ivoire West Africa. Made using the lost wax technique. Traditionally, the 'Kpelie' is an ancestral mask worn during funeral rites, initiation ceremonies, weddings and births. The function of the mask is determined by the crest at the top of it's head and the subtle scarification markings it carries. The female mask will normally have a plug on it's mouth with the male masks having an open mouth and longer protruding jaw. It is believed that the mask itself embodies the spirit of the dead, hence the name 'Dead Face' The delicate attributes of this mask is a fine example of the excellent artistry of the Senufos. This is a male Senufo Mask...
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Mid-20th Century Ivorian Tribal Masks

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Metal, Bronze

Louis Mendez Ceramic Masks, 2
Located in New York, NY
Louis Mendez (American, 1929-2012), Two Ceramic Art Pottery Masks, including one with horns and iridescent glaze, both signed to verso. Provenance: Property from the estate of the ar...
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20th Century American Modern Masks

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Ceramic

Painted Guatemalan Patrón Face Mask
Located in Chicago, IL
This colorfully painted and expertly carved mask was once used in one of the oldest Guatemalan dance performances, the Baile del Patzcar. Still practiced today, this dance evolved fr...
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20th Century Guatemalan Folk Art Masks

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Wood, Paint

Mid 20thcentury papier Mache Paris theatre mask of sleepy head
Located in London, GB
Mid 20thcentury papier Mache Paris theatre mask of sleepy head A quirky example of an early to mid-20th century hand crafted papier Mache theatre mask, in the form of a sleepy head old man figure...
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Masks

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Paper

Early 20th Century Painted Canvas Paris Theatre Mask Mould
Located in London, GB
Early 20th Century Painted Canvas Paris Theatre Mask Mould An unusual piece of early 20th century theatrical costume, recently obtained from a Paris (France) theatre collection early...
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1920s French Early Victorian Vintage Masks

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Canvas

Ancestral Dan Mask 'Deangle' with Cowrie Shells Large
Located in Torquay, GB
Large sized Dan Mask ('Deangle', 'Dan Gle') from Côte d’Ivoire W.Affrica, circa early 20th century. To the Dan people, the 'Deangle' embodies the spirit of an individual ancestor d...
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Mid-20th Century Ivorian Tribal Masks

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Wood, Paint

Late 19th/Early 20th Century Carved Hannya Noh Devil Mask Curio
Located in Lowestoft, GB
A rather cheeky looking carved and stained wood devil mask, turn off the century in age. Possibly reference to the Hannya Noh Mask used within Japanese th...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Masks

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Pine

Vintage Black/Red Bali Topeng Dance Mask Indonesia Hand Carved Balinese Artists
Located in Naples, FL
This vintage black/red Bali Topeng dance mask is a true piece of art, hand carved from wood by Balinese artists. Topeng dance is a dramatic form of Indonesian dance in which one or m...
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Mid-20th Century Balinese Masks

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Wood, Paint

19th Century Iron Bull's Head
Located in Houston, TX
Original iron bull's head from France.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Masks

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Iron

African Large Polychrome Wood Carved Mask
Located in London, GB
Hand painted wood mask. The geometric designs of each mask also carry various meanings. The light and dark pattern also symbolizes good from evil and female from male.
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1950s Burkinabe Tribal Vintage Masks

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Wood

Ceramic Mask by N Dala, Congo, 1970s
Located in Antwerp, BE
Beautiful ceramic mask by N. Dala. Democratic Republic of the Congo Perfect original conditions, 1975.
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Mid-20th Century Congolese Mid-Century Modern Masks

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Ceramic, Terracotta

African Large Polychrome Wood Carved Mask
Located in London, GB
Highly decorative Hand painted wood mask. The geometric designs of each mask also carry various meanings. The light and dark pattern also symbolizes good from evil and female from male.
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1950s Burkinabe Tribal Vintage Masks

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Wood

Fang-Style African Painted Mask
Located in Chicago, IL
Light masks like these represented the spirit of an ancestor and were used for social control by Ngil, the judiciary association. The facial markings, abstract features and strong, e...
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Mid-20th Century Gabonese Tribal Masks

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Wood

Vintage Black/Gold Bali Topeng Dance Mask Indonesia Hand Carved Balinese Artists
Located in Naples, FL
This vintage black/gold Bali Topeng dance mask is a true piece of art, hand carved from wood by Balinese artists. Topeng dance is a dramatic form of Indonesian dance in which one or...
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Mid-20th Century Balinese Masks

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Wood, Paint

20th Century Antique Carved Wooden Face Mask, African Folk Art. Hangable.Decorat
Located in Berlin, DE
20th Century Antique Carved Wooden Face Mask, African Folk Art. Hangable.Decorative Solid wood, hand-carved, Africa probably 20th century The face ...
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20th Century African Masks

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Wood

20th Century Antique Carved Wooden Face Mask, African Folk Art. Hangable.Decorat
Located in Berlin, DE
20th Century Antique Carved Wooden Face Mask, African Folk Art. Hangable.Decorative Solid wood, hand-carved, Africa probably 20th century The face ...
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20th Century African Masks

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Wood

Collection of Handmade Mexican Folk Art Masks
Located in Atlanta, GA
Collection of Handmade Mexican Folk Art Tin Masks, Mexican, circa 1950s. Each mask is unique and extremely detailed. The largest mask measures 21"...
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1950s Mexican Folk Art Vintage Masks

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Copper, Tin

Antique and Vintage Masks

Today, art enthusiasts and venturesome interior designers find a lot to love and appreciate about antique and vintage masks, particularly as they have earned a distinct place amid a collection of folk art and other collectibles and curiosities in contemporary homes.

Folk art refers to art that people, not classically trained, created for either utilitarian or decorative purposes. With respect to visual art in folk art, it is typically reflective of a community’s culture and usually handmade by craftspeople working within a popular tradition. Masks, as part of this history, have been used in carnivals, theater, medicine, therapy, religion and more. The use of masks in rituals and sacred ceremonies goes back thousands of years, and masks in general are believed to be much older. And all kinds of other uses have been found for masks and face coverings over time. We have enlisted these accessories for protection, to signal modesty, facilitate flirtation, enable licentiousness or simply to look cool.

Archaeologists found a mask in Palestine that is believed to be 9,000 years old, a Neolithic-era stone mask that may have been part of rituals associated with the worship of ancestors. Some tribal masks are worn as an offering to the gods. Masks are among the most important African art forms, for example, and traditional African masks can be used to lend a concrete form to an invisible spirit. Dancers donning wooden tribal masks celebrate important events to honor their deceased ancestors. These masks are also very important devices for storytelling and sharing the oral history of a community.

For Asian artists, specific colors are used in masks to convey different values and ideas. In Japan, a red Oni mask worn by performers during a festival might signify anger, while in China’s Peking Opera, a mask that has been hand-painted gold would be worn by an immortal.

Mexican craftspeople make masks for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater. A common symbol of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead is a skull, which is widely represented in masks (although the innumerable activities associated with the holiday are by no means universal).

We’re inviting you to explore and pay respect to the long folk-art traditions that underpin mask-making by introducing antique and vintage masks to your space. Find an exciting collection on 1stDibs today.

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