Rare Masks from Central Africa in Guangdong Museum

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Male masks Yaka (1st left), Suku (2nd left), Nkanu (2nd right) and buffalo mask Holo (1st right) are displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

The exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” was launched in Guangdong Museum on April 29. More than 100 masks and boutique musical instruments from Central Africa are being exhibited in the museum. Some rare treasures have never been displayed publicly before.

Mask has a very long history in Africa. Behind the masks are the mysterious customs and culture. African people create different kinds of masks about mysterious religious activities. Those include ceremony of praying for rain, weddings and funerals, sowing seeds and harvest, coming-of-age ceremony, witchcraft, etc.

The exhibition opens to the public for free and will last until July 24 at the third floor exhibition hall of Guangdong Museum.

Period: April 30 - July 24, 2016

Venue: 3F, Guangdong Museum

Nearby metro: Zhujiang New Town station, Line 3 or 5

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Masks and clothing are displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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A mask is turned over at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Visitors take photos at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Visitors take photos at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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A visitor takes photo at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Masks and clothing are displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Masks and music section at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Instrument performance scene is displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Male mask Bembe is displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Male mask Boa is displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Male masks Pende East (upper left), Kuba (upper right), Suku (left lower) and Kuba (low right are displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Male mask Yombe is displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Female mask Lega is displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Male mask Ngbaka is displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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Male mask Ngbaka is displayed at the exhibition “Face of God: The Rare Masks from Central Africa” in Guangdong Museum on April 29. [Photo: Xinhua/Xu Jianmei]

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