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Door of compartment Mossi (N° 8755)
The doors of West Africa are all in the same form: hinges on the right side and a latch more or less big on the left.
According to the pieces, they can be the support of the creative expression of the sculptors who sometimes decorated with multitudes of characters, animals and mythological scene.These decorations have a decorative vocation but also apotropaic. The Mossi society was structured and prioritized by its invaders as early as the 15th century. The two populations mixed and had descendants during the decades. The Nakomse appellation refers to the descendants of the Islamic aristocrats, among whom the political leaders were always chosen. Religious leaders were always descended from indigenous people, also known as Tengabibisi.