Queen of Women Mask (eze nwanyi)

This mask, known as the Queen of Women (Eze Nwanyi), was made and used by the Igbo people of Nigeria. It is one of the most important masks in a multi-character performance that occurs at funerals and dry-season ceremonies that purify the village, market, shrines, paths, and other communal places. Perhaps the most important context […]

Snake (Junishi: Hebi), Personification of one of the Twelve Zodiac Signs:

This sculpture belonged originally to a set of twelve that represented the various animals of the Chinese zodiac. Serving as guardian figures placed around the perimeter of an altar, the various animals protect the different directions. The Snake is the sixth animal of the Chinese zodiac.