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Mossi crest bust mask (N° 16786)
Mossi masks, personal or lineage, are an embodiment 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.
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The 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 the guardian spirits, which often represented the totem animals of the clan.
Traditionally worn by young initiates, this mask evokes the freshness of youth. Subjects of offerings in order to benefit from special protection or favors, these types of masks were also manifested at funerals or traditional parties. Patina of abrased use. Colorful pigments flaked.
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