Africa | Helmet Mask. Maninka people. 20th century. Fiber | Masks of fiber, cloth, feathers, leather, and other non-wood construction are widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, but because of ethnocentric relegation to the category of minor or craft-oriented forms, they have often been neglected by collectors as well as researchers. This example, consisting largely of dyed and natural fibers, may represent a lion and was used by a youth association.