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Mossi axe (N° 21798)

Cephalomorphic sculpted ax, depicting a warrior's helmet from which springs a blade. Traditional patterns, linear and geometric, are engraved on the surface. Marks of use and abrasions.
Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is made up of the descendants of the invaders, riders from Ghana in the 15th century, named Nakomse , and Tengabibisi , descendants of the natives. Political power is in the hands of the Nakomsé, who assert their power through statues, while priests and religious leaders come from the Tengabisi, who use masks during their ceremonies. Animists, the Mossi worship a creator god named Wendé . Each individual would be endowed with a soul, sigha , linked to a totemic animal.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Height cm60
Width20 cm
Weight0.80 Kg
Socle includedYes

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