Initiation Mask with Two Figures
Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Bandundu
Fiber, wood, canvas, and pigment
Gift of the Christensen Fund
Currently On View
Christensen Collection #40784
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Concept describing the physiological traits that distinguish the males and females of a species. For the pattern of attitudes and behavior that in any society is deemed appropriate to one sex rather than another, use "sex role." For the sum of an individual's sexual emotions, ideas, and behavior, use "sexuality." ERIC9 [January 1991 scope note added; related terms added; lead-in term added.]
Referring to the sex that normally produces eggs or female germ cells. RHDEL2 [January 1991 descriptor added.]
Referring to the sex that in reproduction normally produces sperm cells or male gametes. RHDEL2 [January 1991 descriptor added.]
Use generally for the sum of an individual's sexual emotions, ideas, and behavior. For the pattern of attitudes and behavior that in any society is deemed appropriate to one sex rather than another, use "sex role." For the concept of the physiological traits that distinguish the males and females of a species, use "sex." [February 1993 descriptor moved. January 1991 scope note added; related term added.]
Ceremonies formally admitting someone into a community, organization, or other group, or investing them with a particular role or status. [January 1996 lead-in terms added. September 1993 scope note added; lead-in terms added; descriptor moved; related terms added. May 1991 alternate term added.]
Coverings for all or part of the face, usually with openings for the eyes and sometimes the mouth; worn to hide or alter the identity of the wearer or for protection.
Those from whom a person is descended, usually considered to be those more remote in the line of descent than grandparents.
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