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Mossi board mask (N° 16711)

Blade masks in African art.
This sculpture consists of a face mask depicting a stylized face, slightly concave, and divided by a crenellated ridge, all topped by a high open blade. Geometric shapes encrusted with white pigment are delicately engraved and cut on the surface. In this copy, there is also an antelope head evoking the mythical animal linked to the Mossi origins.
The board is associated with yaaba-soore , a path that the ancestors followed during creation. The graphic signs symbolize the ritual imperatives required to enjoy divine favors.
It is not surprising to find this type of mask among the Mossi because this people is made up, in the north, by Dogon tribes with various types of blade masks. The mask sirige for example inspired the company wango which officiated with a derivative but similar version.
Kaolin crusty patina, cracks, shine on the lower oval of the face.
The masks mossi, personal 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 the 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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Originrécolté in-situ 1990
EthnyMossi
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height175
Width12
Weight2.20 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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