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Mossi Mask (N° 14478)

It is in the northern centre of the Mossi country that this type of convex African masks, with a prominent central ridge, are carved. This abstract head copy, with a zoomorphic character, is distinguished by hollowed-out orifices in triangles on either side of a beak-like relief. This joins the summit horns dug with triangular motifs. Ancient locally abraded poychromy.
Ex. collection of the painter 'a href'""' Karl Heinz Engstfeld et 'a href'U'0022 -engst Engstfeld-Schremper , glazier artist.
Mossi masks, personal masks or lignagers, are an embodiment of guardian spirits offering their support. They perform at funerals, at the funerals of clan leaders, protect the crops. Genuine altars without their costume, they can receive libations such as mil beer in order to honor the ancestors. Their appearance is now frequent during entertainment shows. Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is made up of descendants of the invaders Nakomse, horsemen from Ghana, and tengabibisi, descendants of the natives. Among them, farmers and blacksmiths, saaba , used masks, wando, receptacles of the guardian spirits, which often represented the totem animals of the clan.  

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OriginEx. coll. Engstfeld
Countryburkina faso
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated datingmid xxe
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