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Mossi helmet mask
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Incarnating a spirit, this convex mossi mask, with a crenellated central ridge and an element evoking a bird's beak, is enhanced with bright colors. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection.
Patine abraded.
The black patina was originally made from charcoal and gum pods.
The Mossi masks, personal or lineage, are an incarnation of guardian spirits offering their support. They perform at funerals, at the funerals of clan leaders, protect crops. True altars without their costume, they can receive libations such as millet beer in order to honor the ancestors. Their appearance is now common during entertainment shows. Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is composed of descendants ...


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Mask crest Karan Wemba Mossi
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Yatenga-style mask, topped with a feminine figure sculpted in round-bump, which constitutes the mossi equivalent of African masks " satimbe " of the Mali Dogon. This effigy of an ancestor, with a scarified body, is also supposed to commemorate the life of an elderly woman who has given birth to children and fulfilled her obligations to her in-laws. The statue embodying the ancestor or protective spirit of the clan rises behind the high horns of antelope extending the nasal ridge of the mask. The mask is decorated with light and dark geometric patterns. Cracks at the top but good general condition.
The sculptures of African art 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 ...

Mossi board mask
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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 ...


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Mossi Stool
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The seats are among the most popular African works of art, a common object, but also a symbol of the power of those who possess it, whether they are intended for everyday, exceptional or official use, the seats, for example. "incredible diversity of their form, attest to the existence of a plurality of styles and aesthetics. The most important element of African furniture is undoubtedly the seat, linked to the social rank of its owner. travelers of the seventeenth and eighteenth century indicate that when a chief moved, his seat followed him, carried by a servant. African objects L. Meyer Old tripod monodyled stool, with eroded and desiccated wood.


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Nawantante Bwa Vertical Blade Mask
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This African bwa mask is made up of a flat, circular surface topped with an open board and feminine sculptures in round-bumps represented in an attitude of devotion. Circular decorative motifs adjoin with layered hooked reliefs symbolizing bird beaks. They're heading for a losangic mouth. The colours are divided into blackish bitumen, kaolin and burgundy red pigments. According to Gabriel Massa and Chantal Dewé, concentric circles symbolize the original sacred wells, triangles the footprints of antelopes, and the curved hooks calao, an animal associated with divination.
The African art sculptures of 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 ...

Poupée Mossi Biga
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A schematic anthropomorphic sculpture, whose appearance of the head varies by region, it represents a spirit with which a relationship is established. As a fertility attribute, the stylized chest is highlighted on the tubular bust marked with linear scarifications. The stylized head evokes the braids worn in crests by the girls. Satin light brown patina. The use of dolls by young African women is not done exclusively within the initiation context. When menstruation occurs, the girl is considered a potential mother. In many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is then done through rituals. Wooden figures will then be carved, some reflecting both genres, in many cases covered with pearls and clothing. During the period of confinement, the doll, which becomes a child who asks to be fed, ...


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Masque facial Mossi
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In the northern centre of Mossi country, convex African masks with a prominent central ridge are common. This zoomorphic specimen is distinguished by circular orifices, highlighted by inlays, in a clay mass, of seeds of colored abrus, on either side of the crenellated central element pierced with metal rings. Geometric patterns with low kaolin residues are dug on the matte surface. Stylistic similarities are sometimes noted with the zoomorphic masks of the dogon, a neighbouring people. Mossi masks, personal or lignagers, are an embodiment of tutelary 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 ...


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Fertility statue Biga Mossi
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A schematic anthropomorphic fertility doll, whose head appearance varies by region, it represents a spirit with which a relationship is established. The tubular bust, slightly swollen at the abdomen, has a chest. The angular, stylized head evokes the feminine crest hairstyle, the parallel incisions, the scarifications and the braids of the ethnic group. Beautiful light brown patina abraded and sained by contact.
The use of dolls by young African women is not done exclusively within the initiation context. When menstruation occurs, the girl is considered a potential mother. In many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is then done through rituals. Wooden figures will then be carved, some reflecting both genres, in many cases covered with pearls and clothing. During the period of ...


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Mossi Bwa Mask
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Ex-collection French African art.
Plane and circular, this African mask is engraved with losangic motifs arranged in successive circular friezes. It is painted with 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. It would symbolize a totem bird of different Mossi clans. The African art sculptures of bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects.
These are 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 various celebrations that the ...


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Mossi Bwa Mask
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Plane and circular, this African mask is engraved with losangic motifs arranged in successive circular friezes. It is painted with 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. It would symbolize a totem bird of different Mossi clans.
The African art sculptures of 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 ...


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Fertility figure Mossi
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Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is made up of descendants of the invaders, horsemen 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 the statues, while priests and religious leaders come from the Tengabisi, who use masks during their ceremonies. Animists, the Mossi venerate a creative god named Wendé . Each individual would be endowed with a soul, sigha , linked to a totem icne. A female figure whose base would have been eaten up by insects, she has, figuratively by lines made up of small holes, Mossi ethnic scarifications. The statuette is dressed only in a pearl necklace and a belt string. It has small hands very finely digitized The softness of its ...


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Fertility figure Biga Mossi
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This schematic anthropomorphic figure, whose head appearance varies by region, represents a spirit with which a relationship is established. The tubular bust is endowed with sagging breasts, an attribute of fertility and evocation of motherhood. The angular, stylized head evokes the crest hairstyle of the young girls, the engraved motifs drawn on the wood the tegumentary ornaments. Smooth, sained skate.
The Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is composed of descendants of the invaders, horsemen 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 the statues, while priests and religious leaders come from the Tengabisi, who use masks during their ...


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Mossi Whistle
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This whistle carved with a female effigy was used for hunting. The statue represents a protective ancestor. Oiled patina brown brown.
The Mossi are a people from Burkina Faso as well as from the regions bordering the surrounding countries. More than five million people consider themselves Mossi, membership in this ethnic community being based on the practice of moré and the practice of a number of traditions. In the 15th and 16th centuries they formed great kingdoms, the two main kingdoms of which (Yatenga and Ouagadougou) remained independent until European penetration and were subjected only with difficulty by the French colonizers. Animists, the Mossi venerate a creative god named Wendé . Each individual would be endowed with a soul, sigha , linked to a totem icne. The Mossi ...


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Mossi crest mask
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African art at the Mossi.
It is in the northern centre of the Mossi country that this type of convex African masks, with a prominent central ridge, are carved. Despite openings for the eyes, these masks were worn at the top of the head, accompanied by a fiber suit. This mask depicts Balinga, the beautiful woman linked to Mossi mythology. Geometric patterns imbued with kaolin are dug on the matte and grainy surface. The eyes are surrounded by seeds of abrus, some of which are missing.
Stylistic similarities are sometimes noted with the zoomorphic masks of the dogon, a neighbouring people. Mossi masks, personal or lignagers, are an embodiment of tutelary spirits offering their support. They perform at funerals, at the funerals of clan leaders, protect the crops. Genuine altars ...


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Mossi Bwa Mask
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Ex-collection French African art.
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 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 ...


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Mossi Fertility Doll
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Mossi African art.
Leather, this schematic anthropomorphic figure, whose head appearance varies from region to region, embodies a spirit with which a relationship is established. The chest symbolizes fertility. The abdomen, which has a slight bulge, is encased with greased cords just like the neck. The stylized head evokes the crest hairstyle worn by the Mossi girls. Glossy surface, covered with oil and dark pigments.
The use of dolls by young African women is not done exclusively within the initiation context. When menstruation occurs, the girl is considered a potential mother. In many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is then done through rituals. Wooden figures will then be carved, some reflecting both genres, in many cases covered with pearls and clothing. During the ...


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Karan Wemba Mossi Crest Mask
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This elegant Piece, Yatenga style, surmounted by a statue, constitutes the Mossi equivalent of African masks " satimbe The Dogon of Mali. This ancestor effigy is also supposed to commemorate the life of an elderly woman who gave birth to children and fulfilled her obligations to her in-laws. The female figure that embodies the ancestor or the protective spirit of the clan rests on the high horns of the delicately sculpted antelope in a round-bump. Polychrome geometric patterns, distributed, alternate on the object. A piece collected around 1960 by the German painter 'a href'U'0022http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href'"https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engst Ruth Engstfeld-Schremper , a glazier artist.
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Mossi Mask
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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'"http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"' Karl Heinz Engstfeld et 'a href'U'0022https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth -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 ...


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Mossi 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 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 ...


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Mossi Bwa Mask
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Mossi African art, decorative object.
A flat, circular facial mask, it is decorated with symbolic motifs in the form of diamonds arranged in successive friezes, and features a matte polychromy, royal blue, white kaolin and grey-brown. The mouth in which teeth are represented is hollowed out. Abrasions of pigments.
The African art sculptures of 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 ...


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Fertility figure Biga Mossi
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Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is made up of descendants of the invaders, horsemen 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 the statues, while priests and religious leaders come from the Tengabisi, who use masks during their ceremonies. Animists, the Mossi venerate a creative god named Wendé . Each individual would be endowed with a soul, sigha, linked to a totem icne.
This schematic anthropomorphic figure, whose head appearance varies by region, represents a spirit with which a relationship is established. The tubular bust is endowed with sagging breasts, an attribute of fertility and evocation of motherhood. The angular, stylized ...





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