Angola twin masks
These masks originate in Angola.
Angola twin masks. The art of Angola derives from centuries of tradition and cultural rituals. The most famous symbols are wooden masks and sculptures, which are not only merely aesthetic creations, but play an important role in rituals that celebrate the passage from childhood to adulthood, the birth and the death, the new harvest, the hunting season, etc. The use of ceremonial masks is always accompanied with music and storytelling. In producing masks and other items, each ethno-linguistic group has distinct styles, working in wood, ivory, bronze, malachite and ceramic. According to Angolan tradition, the little wooden statues contain supernatural powers. A curious tradition is the basket (ngombo), used by the ethnic group Lunda-Tchokwe, containing different wooden statues. The priest (nganga) retrieves the statues from the basket and is able to foretell the future according to the symbols each statue represent.