BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 8249

African masks

African masks
Key Info
  • African masks
  • Duration: 02:26
  • Mark Speight explores the different designs, purposes and significance of African masks that come from different parts of the African continent. Examining the ways in which different types of African masks have particular spiritual, historical or traditional significance in African life according to their creators and places of origin. Looks at a variety of African masks still used today.
  • Subject:

    Art and Design


    International Artforms

  • Keywords: Masks, spiritual, spirit, tradition, Dogons, masquerade, dances, meanings, ancestors, Worship, sacred, African knowledge, histories, stories
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful as part of African art or cultural study topics. Mask making including carnival or drama-based masks. African culture and tradition. Masks and symbolism. Visual imagery and spirituality.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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