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Nawantante Bwa composite mask (N° 18153)

Incarnate a spirit, this African mask abstractly evoking the bird calao or nwo is surmounted by a vertical plank on which a crocodile figure is raised. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection. The surface, on each side of the mask, is animated by symbolic geometric patterns. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum pods. Drippings and abrasions.

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 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 niegueguegue , 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-cllection française
Countryburkina faso
Weight4.10 Kg
Estimated dating2ème partie xx°
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