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African Mask

This African mask was one of many masks from a special collection I had the pleasure of capturing digitally, with some masks dating back several hundred years. There were no power tools back then. Native people carved ceremonial masks like this by hand, making them one-of-a-kind. It’s this type of craftsmanship that makes me think, “Wow, how long did it take for someone to do this? And was it because they wanted to do it, or were they commissioned or ordered to do it?”