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Mossi animal cap mask (N° 19263)
Ex-collection of French African tribal art.
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The geometrical patterns on this Mossi crocodile mask are enhanced by an ancient polychrome patina. The black patina was originally obtained from charcoal and gum tree husks. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object with offerings such as millet beer and invoked its protection. The mask was worn at a slight angle on the forehead. Heterogeneous matte granular patina.
Mossi masks, personal or lineage, are an embodiment of guardian spirits offering their support. They occur at burials, at the 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 composed of 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 guardian spirits, which often represented the totem animals of the clan.
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