These African masks are hand-carved from the finest available wood. They represent spirits of animals or ancestors, mythological heroes, moral values, or a form of honoring a person in a symbolic way. African masks are used as part of a ceremonial costume. They are used in religious and social events to represent the spirits of ancestors coming to life in the performance of the dance, and enhanced by both the music and atmosphere of the occasion. Masks are made using wood, pottery, textiles, copper, and bronze and detailing can be made using animal teeth, hair, bones, horns, feathers, seashells, and even straw and egg shells.