Before it closed at 6:00 yesterday evening, we walked up to the Art Fair one more time. Besides all the judged fairs, a variety of free-lance vendors of all sorts of goods show up and rent private spaces. On the porch and front yard of a house near the South University fair, a man from Mali named Ibrahim was selling a wide selection of African masks and other African tribal arts.
This mask, he explained, is called a Justice Mask. A person wears it when being sworn in at court, the way a westerner swears on a Bible. The spirit of the mask enforces the oath. The mask is from Gabon, made by the tribe called Fang or Kwele´.
Len hung it with our other African masks.