Hanging an African tribal mask is an easy way to add interest, color and dimension to any home decor. African tribal masks come in a variety of sizes and have an elongated shape with points on either end. African tribal masks are made of wood and are convex to the wall or flat surface. This makes it easy to hang without any of the wire or hardware showing. Use several African tribal masks of varying sizes together to make a wall grouping or pair with other types of African art for added appeal.
Purchase a picture hanging kit at your local home supply store, craft store or home interior store. Make sure your picture hanging kit includes both heavy and light gauge wire, since African tribal masks can vary in weight.
Turn your African tribal mask over and measure about one-third the size of the mask from the top. Mark each side with a pencil.
Use the thumb screws included in your kit; mark a guide hole on either side where you marked the mask with the pencil. Tap lightly on the thumb screw with a hammer to start the thumb screw.
Twist the thumb screws into the marked holes until tightened; the thumb screw heads should be in a vertical position.
Measure enough of the appropriate hanging wire so that the wire stretches from one thumb screw to the other, but is loose enough to have a 1- to 2-inch give when pulled up toward the top of the mask. String the wire to the thumb screws and use the pliers to twist any leftover wire around itself on one end so it's not sticking out.
Mark the spot on the wall where you want the very top of the mask to rest after hanging. Measure down from the top of the mask to the point where the wire stretches taut. Use this measurement and draw a straight line from the top point on the wall and mark the spot to place the hook. Nail the hook into the wall and hang your mask.