Africa | Zoomorphic mask "bolu" from the Guro people of the Ivory Coast | Wood, black and white paint | The animal masks "bohi" the goat, "glo", "zuin" and "kla" three different types of antelopes, "bolu" the hippo, "bi" the elephant, "blin" the dog and "du" the buffalo appear at the beginning of the masquerade forming a kind of advance guard. They are said to prepare the place for dancing.
Elephant Mukenga Mask. Kuba, Zaire. Made from Cowrie Shells, Beads, Raffia, Fur, Cloth. The elephant mask, is commonly used among the Kuba, and is worn by a distinguished person during funerary rites of a titled person. The white cowrie shells embellishing this mask are symbolic; white is a color associated with death and mourning. For the Yaka, masks perform in puberty rituals for male youths, as well as assuring and protecting the future fertility of the initiated.