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Bwa mask (N° 22342)

African animal art and African Bwa masks.
This large Bwa mask has a long bifid beak and a wide crenellated crest. The two-tone patina is composed of kaolin and a brown coating with slight burgundy highlights. Matt patina, desiccation cracks.
The Bwa masks have borrowed many elements from the neighbors of the Bwa, the Gurunsi, Bobo and Mossi. A population established 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 Bwa believe in a god Difini, creator of the world, who later abandoned it to his son Do. Do, whose emblem is an iron rhomb called alive, is supposed to intervene during funerals and agrarian rites. The sheet masks are made by the villagers, only the Bwa of the South, the nieguegue, produce often zoomorphic wooden masks, and the famous abstract plank masks representing the spirits of nature. Ref. : "The bird in the art of West Africa" ​​ed. Sepia; "Animal masks from black Africa" ​​ed. Sepia  

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Originex-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Height cm87
Depth30 cm
Width17 cm
Weight3.55 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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