In short, there is such a huge variety of masks from region to region Africa that it makes it difficult to put them into specific classes. That said, there are several typical African masks that can be put into specific categories by region: The ‘Face Mask’ is the most common and found throughout Africa. They are secured to the face with bands, string, or a scarf. The ‘Headdress Mask’ sits on a base which is placed on top of the wearers head. This mask is most famous amongst the Bambara (or Bamana), the largest ethnic group in modern-day Mali. ‘Shoulder Masks’ are particularly popular amongst the Baga people of Guinea, which they call ‘D’mba’ or ‘Nimba’. It represents the mother of fertility, protector of pregnant women and is used in agricultural ceremonies. The dancer carries this mask on his shoulders, looking out through eye holes between the breasts. They can rise more than eight feet off the ground, and often weigh more than 35 kilos!’Helmet Masks fit over the entire wearer’s head. They are popularly crafted and used by the Kuba people of DR Congo, as well as southwestern Nigeria. ‘Helmet Crests’ differ from masks in that they are worn like a hat, leaving the face exposed. They are most often found in Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, and Mali. ‘Cap Crests’ are simply worn over the forehead, leaving the top of the head and face exposed. They are found amongst the Guro people of the Ivory Coast, as well as in neighboring countries such as Burkina Faso.