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N’tomo Mask. Bamana people, Mali. Painted wood. Characterized by multiple horns and, sometimes, eyelashes and white shell ornamentation, these masks serve to protect young boys during their first initiation cycle before circumcision. This style, with the head of the woman in front of the horns is made by Bougouni people in Mali. The number of horns make reference to specific characteristics of males (3 or s3 horns) or females (4 or 8 horns) and the androgynous (2, 5 or 7).
African Dolls: All history began in Africa, as did doll making.The Africans made carved, wooden images of their deceased loved ones which they call"ancestor figures". They are spiritual importance rather than play toys. Other wooden dolls in African society are initation dolls and the fertility dolls.