African masks are the most popular pieces of African art
A mask is mysterious as it is sacred. In most cultures, a mask is worn to intimidate a rival tribe during clan wars or, on the lighter side, a mask makes a traditional wedding more celebratory. In Africa, masks represent animals and ancestors, and wearing one, they believe, turns a tribal warrior or leader into an invincible force to reckon with. Probably thousands of masks have been forgotten about, but some surface to the modern era and are now part of exhibits around the world.
They are also considered to be among the finest pieces in the world of art and are usually highly sought after. They are usually carved out of wood, although some are made of cloth and other materials. They are sometimes decorated with beads and paint. Most masks are made not to look like real human faces. They are usually designed and created to provide somewhat of a shock value. They tend to convey various emotions.