African Masks – forms and functions

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African Masks – forms and functions. Research the regional use of masks, features of masks, purpose of masks.
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A mask [worn on the face] has been used as an object of entertainment, protection, performance and disguise. Additionally, in the ancient communities, masks were used as important objects of practical and ceremonial purposes. Considerable amount of interest has been directed to the use of African masks. This trend has been noticed all the way from famous painters like Picasso [in his famous painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon], and Andre Derain who were intrigued by the tribal masks of Africa and consequently included them in their paintings. The influence that arose from their works has made artists throughout the world to take a keen interest on the abstract patterns and also consider the bold designs that have been used in the construction of African masks
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