Purpose Masks are usually made of wood and/or fabric Namely: –social satires –sacred rituals (for ancestors and invocation of the gods) – initiation –second burials –public festivals
Diversity Because of their tribal diversity, Ibo people have embraced a great variety of beliefs and art styles from neighboring tribes. The wide variety of cultural influences from regional tribes creates rich cultural diversity, as well as diversity of masks
Maiden Masks Represents the spirits of deceased maidens and their mothers Symbolizes beauty and peacefulness Common characteristics found on the masks are- –finely sculptured thin and small well-placed women's features, which are accentuated by tattoos –A large and elaborate headdress
It’s Your Turn! Using your blank mask sheet, create a maiden mask that represents a special female in your life. If you’re a female, you may make a mask for yourself. Refer to the characteristics of Maiden Masks on the previous slide, as well as the photographs on the next slide to help you. Be sure to color or lightly shade your maiden mask, and briefly explain who you chose to represent and why.