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Bwa Nawantante vertical plank mask (N° 19197)

This abstract mask evoking the calao or nwo is topped by a vertical plank with beaks. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection. The surface has symbolic geometric patterns. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum pods. Established population on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and Mali, the Bwa are divided into three endogamous castes: blacksmiths, griots and farmers. The Wa believe in a god Difini creator of the world, who later abandoned him to his son Do. Do, whose emblem is an iron rhombe named alive , is supposed to intervene during funerals and agrarian rites. The leaf masks are made by the villagers, only the South Bwa, the nieguegue, produce wooden masks often zoomorphic, and the famous, abstract plank masks representing the spirits of nature, the naw . (C.Roy)  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyBwa
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height100
Width29
Weight3.00 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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