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The Bwa are an ethnic group scattered in the Black Volta, Burkina Faso and Mali. Animists, they celebrate the spirits of nature and a creator god, Difini, who left the world to his son, Do. The latter is represented by an iron rhombus called "alive", and intervenes during funerals or agrarian rites. The Bwa are divided into three sub-groups: griots, farmers and blacksmiths. The Bwa are famous for their masks made of leaves, wood, zoomorphs or boards


 Bwa Mossi mask
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Flat and circular, imposing by its dimensions, this African mask is engraved with rhombic motifs arranged in successive circular friezes. It is painted with a matte polychromy, burgundy red, white kaolin and dark brown. The mouth in which the teeth are represented is hollowed out to allow the dancer to see. It would symbolize a totem bird of different Mossi clans. Crack of desiccation. Matt patina.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo , Bwa , Kurumba and Mossi , living in Burkina Faso , frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or even insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rites. It is ...


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Bwa animal mask
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A variation of the zoomorphic masks of the Bwa and Gurunsi, this mask combines two animal figures. The owner of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection. The surface is engraved with symbolic geometric patterns. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum tree pods. Matt patina. A settled population 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 rhombus named alive , is believed to intervene during funerals and agrarian rites. Leaf masks are made by the villagers, only the Bwa of the ...


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Bwa mask with horizontal blade
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Tribal art and the diversity of Bwa masks This large Bwa plank mask, of the hawk-mask category but frequently called a butterfly mask, has open wings on which triangular motifs and circles are carved in the wood. Each pattern is a symbol, often relating to clan myths. The two-tone patina is composed of kaolin, a brown coating, and red ochre on the reverse.
Bwa masks have borrowed many elements from the Bwa's neighbors, the Gurunsi, Bobo and Mossi. The Bwa are a population established on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and Mali. They 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 named alive, is supposed to ...

Bwa Mossi Sun Mask
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Flat and circular, imposing by its dimensions, this African mask is engraved with diamond motifs arranged in successive circular friezes. It is painted in a matte polychrome, burgundy red, white and dark brown kaolin. The mouth is hollowed out to allow the vision of the dancer. It would symbolize a totem bird from different clans Mossi.
Slight cracks. Matte patina.
The sculptures of African art of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently use and combine stylized elements borrowed from men, animals and insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rites. It is thus during various celebrations that the mask ...


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Bwa crest mask with vertical blade
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This African mask made up of several carved figures evokes the hornbill bird or nwo. It is surmounted, above an antelope head, by an effigy of a female ancestor.
The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection.
The surface has symbolic geometric patterns. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum tree pods.
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 rhombus named alive , is believed to intervene during funerals and ...

Bwa Mossi mask
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African art and the diversity of African Bwa masks. This Bwa plank mask, of the hawk-mask category but frequently called a butterfly mask, has open wings on which triangular motifs and circles are carved in the wood. Each pattern is a symbol associated with clan myths. The two-tone patina is composed of kaolin and a brown coating. The circles are said to symbolize the flight of butterflies around the ponds during the first rains.
Bwa masks have borrowed many elements from the Bwa's neighbors, the Gurunsi, Bobo and Mossi. The Bwa are a population established on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and Mali. They are divided into three endogamous castes: blacksmiths, griots and farmers. The Bwa believe in a god Difini, creator of the world, who later abandoned ...


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Bwa Nawantante vertical plank mask
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This abstract mask evoking the calao or nwo is topped by a vertical plank with beaks. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection. The surface has symbolic geometric patterns. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum pods. Established population 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 Wa 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 nieguegue, produce wooden masks often ...

Bwa Mossi Sun Mask
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Flat and circular, imposing by its dimensions, this African mask is engraved with diamond motifs arranged in successive circular friezes. It is painted in a matte polychrome, burgundy red, white and dark brown kaolin. The mouth is hollowed out to allow the vision of the dancer. It would symbolize a totem bird from different clans Mossi.
Slight cracks. Matte patina.
The sculptures of African art of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently use and combine stylized elements borrowed from men, animals and insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rites. It is thus during various celebrations that the mask ...


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Bwa animal mask
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Embodying the spirit of a monkey, this mask forms one of the variants of the stylized zoomorphic masks of the Bwa and Gurunsi. A visored forehead, an imposing triangular nose, and a diamond mouth opening onto carved teeth. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection. The surface bears symbolic geometric patterns. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum tree husks.
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 rhombus named alive , is supposed to ...


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Bwa Mossi Sun Mask
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Flat and circular, imposing by its dimensions, this African mask is engraved with rhombic motifs arranged in successive circular friezes. It is painted with a matte polychromy, maroon red, white kaolin and dark brown. The mouth is hollowed out to allow the dancer to see. It would symbolize a totem bird of different Mossi clans. Slight cracks. Matte patina.
The sculptures of African art of the Bobo , Bwa , Kurumba and Mossi , living in Burkina Faso , frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from men, animals or even insects. These are the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be considered the result of neglect of collective rites. It is therefore during different celebrations that ...


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Bwa Nawantante vertical plank mask
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Incarnating a spirit, this mask abstractly evoking the calao bird or nwo is surmounted by a vertical plank surmounted by sculpted figures in round-bump in an attitude of devotion. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection. The surface has symbolic geometric patterns. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum pods. Low kaolin residue.
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 ...

Bwa Nawantante zoomorphic mask
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Established population 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) Incarnating a spirit, this mask abstractly evoking the bird calao or nwo is surmounted by a vertical plank on which was carved a crocodile figure. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through ...

Nawantante Bwa composite mask
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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 ...

Lobi Bateba Statues
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Frontal posture, arms and legs bent, the palms of the hands facing outwards, this feminine Lobi effigy features a naturalistic feature imbued with a meditative and serene expression. This ancient wooden effigy, the Bateba, was placed on the altar after a ritual to become the receptacle of a bush spirit, the Thil, and thus become an active, intermediate being that fights against sorcerers and other evil forces. The piece was visibly eroded to the feet. Fine lines of desication run through the wood, the appearance of which testifies to remnants of ritual libations in the form of grainy residues. Abraded parts reveal the veining of a light wood. When they are honoured, these spirits show their benevolence in the form of heavy rains, good health, ...


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Masque Bwa Nawantante vertical
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Incarnating a spirit, this African mask in relation to the bird calao or nwo is surmounted by a vertical plank on which a sculpted figure appears seated. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection. The surface is decorated with symbolic geometric patterns now abrased. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum pods. White clay dandruff residue. Established population 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 ...

Bwa Nawantante Mask
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An established population 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 niegue , produce wooden masks often zoomorphic, and the famous board masks, abstract, representing the spirits of nature, the naw . (C.Roy) Incarnating a spirit, this mask abstractly evoking the calao bird is topped with a vertical plank and a feminine figure reminiscent of the style of gurunsi masks. The mask owner and his family worshipped the object through ...


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Bwa Mask
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Comprising elements of the nawantante mask, Luruya and Hombo, this tribal mask, covered with a crumbly libation bitumen, adopts a circular face from which a bill, probably that of the hornbill, appears: circular perforations as eyes, a thin one. smiling mouth, the perimeter engraved with parallel grooves form the lower part of the object. The top is divided into three vertical appendages in the center of which a form doubles as croissants. This mask is the embodiment of supernatural forces beneficial to his clan, the motifs with which it is adorned, relate to the myths and god Do. Over the initiatory degrees of the individual, the reading of these symbols will be enriched Population established on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and in Mali, the Bwa are divided into three ...


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Mossi ethnic Bwa Mask
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Plane and circular, this African mask features a décor of symbolic geometric patterns arranged in successive circular friezes, and features a matte polychromy, burgundy red, white kaolin and dark grey. The mouth in which teeth are represented is hollowed out to allow the dancer's vision. Very slight abrasions. The African art sculptures of the bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect scars of collective rites. It is therefore during various celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ancestor in ...


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Bwa Mask, Mossi ethnic group
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Symbolic geometric patterns arranged in circular friezes are engraved on this flat, circular African mask. It features a matte polychromy, burgundy red, white kaolin and indigo, powdery grainy texture. The mouth in which teeth are represented is hollowed out to allow the dancer's vision. Minimal cracks. Light abrasions. The African art sculptures of the bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect scars of collective rites. It is therefore during various celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ...

Bwa / Bobo Mask
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Ex-Swiss African art collection.
African masks of bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take over and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect scars of collective rites. It is therefore during various celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ancestor in order to influence the daily life of the members of the ethnic group. They appear to honor the deceased during funeral rites, and to escort souls to the realm of the dead. They also occur during agricultural festivals in order to ensure the progression of the seasons, so during the ...


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Mossi Sun Mask
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The African art sculptures of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently pick up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rites. It is therefore during different celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ancestor in order to influence the daily lives of members of the ethnic group. They appear to honor the dead during funeral rites, and to escort souls to the realm of the dead. They also occur at agricultural festivals in order to ensure the progression of the seasons, so during the initiation rites will they introduce young ...


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