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MONDOBLOGO: too sacred to sell: the hopi mask controversy

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Dan Zakpai Mask, Ivory Coast http://afriart.tumblr.com/post/90699491109/ivory-coast-dan-zakpai-fire-prevention-mask

The Dan people refer to these masks as gle or ge, terms that refers both to the physical mask and the individual spirits the mask is believed to embody during masquerade performances.

Terracotta masks of the "Leading Slave" c. 250 B.C.

Agora Image: Terracotta mask of the leading slave. That old favorite, the mischievous slave of Greek Comedy held its popularity down into the Roman Empire. This example is a life-size clay copy of a genuine stage-mask.