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Masks of Zulu

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Ayush Joshi

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Ayush Joshi
Grade 7 Art Masks of Zulu The Zulu culture is located in the eastern part of South Africa Where is this culture located? There are many masks in the Zulu culture. They are:
Tribal masks: Used to add imagery and Drama to tribal festivals
Secret masks: Used when people want to tell a secret about someone. The person whispers the secret to the mask.
Door Guardian masks: It is put near the door. It prevents evil, bad luck and illness. what do they use masks for? The Zulu masks are very emphasized and abstracted. They are usually long and have lots of color. The masks are very abstracted and don't look very human. Here are some examples: What do the masks look like?
Are they Abstract? The masks were made out of hard wood which was carved to make the masks. After carving it, the masks were painted on. What were the masks made out of? The Zulu masks have lots of colors which are usually dark and thick. There are also many intricatley carved lines on the surface of the masks. The colors sometimes represent things and often have the opposite meaning as well.
They are:
Black: Marriage and regeneration. Sorrow and death.
Blue: Favors. Ill will and hostility.
Yellow: Wealth, gardens and fertility. thirst, negativity and death of crops.
Green: Content and happy home life. Illness and chaos.
Pink: High rank or important birth and oath or promise. Poverty and laziness.
Red: Physical love or strong emotions. Anger, heartache or impatience.
These are just a few of the colors and what they represent. What kind of designs or colors
are used on these masks? Why did I chose this culture?
I chose the Zulu culture because I like the the dimensions of the masks and they are very unique. I also chose this because I watched a TV show on Zulu weapons and that made me interested. What do I think
about these masks? I think the masks are very good because they are very long and have dark colors. When I look at them, I feel as if there is a very deep meaning to them because of the expressions and color. Works Cited Digital image. Buissness Gate. Buissness Gate, n.d. Web. <http://www.business-gate.com/wp-images/2009/01/ethinc-masks.jpg>.
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Quinn, Donny. "Types of Zulu Masks." EHow. Demand Media, 27 Nov. 2010. Web. 31 Jan. 2013. <http://www.ehow.com/list_7566768_types-zulu-masks.html>.
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