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Mossi mask (N° 22050)

An unusual stylized version embodying the ancestor or the protective spirit of the clan, wearing a zoomorphic mask, surmounts the facial mask here. Geometric patterns alternate on the object.
Patina of use locally chipped, grainy deposits.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from men, animals or even insects. It is the spirits of nature who are believed to determine an individual's well-being and prosperity, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rituals. It is therefore during different celebrations that the mask will personify a spirit of nature or that of an ancestor in order to influence the daily lives of members of the ethnic group. They appear to honor the deceased during funeral rites, and to escort souls to the realm of the dead. They also occur during agricultural festivals with the aim of ensuring the progression of the seasons, even during initiation rites they will introduce young people to the responsibilities of adult life. Masks are the object of family pride, and therefore a means of enhancing one's prosperity and influence within the group. It is in a spirit of competition that everyone will seek to highlight the dance performances of their mask, and to highlight the ornamental patterns of their surface.  

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OriginCollection Patrick Malisse
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood, metal, plant fibre
Height cm100
Width19 cm
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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