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What is the symbolism and relevance of the "mask", a predominant type of art in all African cultures?



A. They blocked the rain and kept the wearer toasty
B. They prevented sunburn
C. They represented a deity, ancestor, or spirit, and acted as an embodiment for their values, or a conduit during rituals and celebrations

This question is part of African Art: A Quiz
Asked by Twibby, Last updated: Jan 15, 2020

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L. Hawkes

L. Hawkes, Teacher, Memphis

Answered Aug 17, 2018

African masks are seen as part of the ceremonial costume. They are used in religious and social events to represent spirits of ancestors or to control the good and evil in the community. They...Read More
 

twibby

Twibby

Answered Aug 29, 2017

They represented a deity, ancestor, or spirit, and acted as an embodiment for their values, or a conduit during rituals and celebrations
 

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