Tribal art > African mask > Mossi mask
Mossi masks, personal masks 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 is now frequent during entertainment shows. Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is made up of descendants of the Invaders Nakomse, horsemen from Ghana, and the Tengabibisi, descendants of the natives. Among them, farmers and blacksmiths, saaba , used masks, wando, receptacles of the guardian spirits, which often represented the totem animals of the clan. The convex face of this mask indicates a origin from the northeastern Mossi region. Masks from this region have something in common with masks kurumba . This mask honors an elderly woman with the idealized sculpture of a female figure between the two side blades. The graphic signs dug into the wood are symbols relating to religious requirements. Indigenous restorations have been carried out on the branches. Slit on an outer outline of one of the blades.
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