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Mossi Mask (N° 24501) Deposit sale

Facial mask shared with a crenellated ridge. A motif of an antelope's head surmounts it, leaning on a long openwork plank of motifs, the latter constituting graphic signs recalling the traditional rules opening the door to divine blessings.
Thick matte black patina, residual encrustations. Minor cracks.
The Mossi masks, personal or lineage, constitute an incarnation of tutelary spirits offering their support. They perform at burials, funerals of clan chiefs, protect crops. True altars without their costume, they can receive libations such as millet beer to honor the ancestors. Their appearance is now frequent during entertainment shows. Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is made up of the descendants of the Nakomse invaders, horsemen from Ghana, and the Tengabibisi, descendants of the natives. Among them, farmers and blacksmiths, saaba, used masks, wando, receptacles of tutelary spirits, which often represented the animal totems of the clan.  


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OriginCollection française
Countryburkina faso
Height cm133
Depth16 cm
Width18 cm
Weight2.00 Kg

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