Ashanti Masks #1
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This depiction of ceremonial African masks is a cultural expression of the Ashanti people. The artist's depiction of these hand-crafted wooden masks makes repetitive use of rectangular and circular shapes for a uniquely off-balanced composition. The masks of Mother Africa, who brings sustenance to all, and the moon, which gives the light of god to all, are both displayed. The animated eyes behind the masks stare widely at the viewer, which represents the Ashanti belief that during religious ceremonies, the masks come alive. Made up mostly of golden and light wooden hues, the masks are set on a multicolored background of red, blue, and yellow. Symbols incorporated into the design express the acceptance of god, the goddess of unity, and the symbol of authority.