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heads of Ife

Responding to Rem’s request, here is an image of one of the heads of Ife currently in a show at the British Museum. For anyone who’s read the Stone Dance, it will be obvious why these would appeal to me. Exquisite works of art, these could easily be the pattern for the masks of the Masters. What is rather darkly amusing is that, when they were discovered, it was decided that these sculptures, as well […]

Masking Law

The wearing of masks is at the core of Chosen culture, and their use is controlled minutely by codicils of the Law-that-must-be-obeyed. The diagram above shows a detail of my original scheme for masking law. The second diagram shows the same table with greater clarity. The ranks of individuals, given along the top, reference a compulsory state of masked [M] or optional state of unmasking [UM] indexed against a list of ranks of those present—listed […]


In the Stone Dance masks are a major trope or symbol. They emerged from my unconscious for reasons that I did not at the time understand. I am not sure I fully understand them even now. Suffice it to say that in the Stone Dance there are many more kinds of masks than those the Masters wear.