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April 24, 1994

More than 100 masks representing 40 ethnic groups in the Republic of Zaire and northern Angola are featured in a new exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art.

"Face of the Spirits: Masks From the Zaire Basin" includes displays that range from a mere six inches high to a 7-foot ensemble.

The exhibit, which runs through Sept. 25, includes a nine-minute video offering an overview of masking traditions in the Zaire River Basin. The museum, 950 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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