The antennae-like sticks on the lunar masks communicate with the power of the moon and reveal a direct relationship with the ancestors. The maskers use a long staff to vault high into the air; the belief is that they thus project themselves toward the moon, into the invisible world, to capture its power. The masker is attached by a cord to a guardian who protects him.
2018/19 – African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies, THK Gallery
African Twilight: Vanishing Rituals and Ceremonies by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher (pub. Rizzoli, 2018)