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Sacred African tribal objects on display
State’s University Library Gallery’s newest exhibit presents authentic
African tribal masks and figurines that, in their time, were appreciated for
their perceived powers—and today can be appreciated for their artistic
The exhibition of objects, drawn from several African cultures around the continent,
is from the collection of Paul LeBaron Thiebaud and will be displayed beginning
Friday, Dec. 1 through Saturday, March 17. The opening reception will be held
in the gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 1.
The exhibit features tribal masks and figures that were useful to the tribes
in a time without science, technology or modern medicine. The use of the masks
and figurines were considered essential by the various tribes to ensure that
crops would flourish, women would conceive, hardship would be evaded and the
sick would be cured. The artifacts were utilized in dance masquerades, for ancestor
worship, in initiation rituals and for insight.
University Library Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through
Saturday. For more information, contact the gallery at (916) 278-4189. For media
information, contact the Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.
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