Maruvian Male Society Masks

Medium: Oil on archival canvas
Size: 24″ x 30″

For many years I have done extensive research as to the actual meaning of the African masks of different regions. My quest was to find and reproduce the positive masks that aid in the development of a society.
These masks from different regions of Africa represent masks that aid in the rites of passage from boys into manhood. It is then that boys are schooled on proper behavior, expectations, and moral codes of their society. The left mask (Basongye, Zaire) is one of healing, the center mask(Baule, Ivory Coast) is one of judgement as is the one on the left.(Ethiopia) They assure justice and fair morality within a society.
These are worn only by men and are respected by all in the society.