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Mossi Visions of Africa (N° 19477)
The Mossi people of Burkina Faso have a rich and complex history that is reflected in the different types and styles of figures and masks they create. They originated around 1500 AD, when a large group of horsemen from what is now northern Ghana rode north into the Volta Valley and conquered the local farmers.
The descendants of the conquering horsemen became the ruling class and used political art in the form of royal figures to validate their authority. Meanwhile, the descendants of the conquered farmers became the spiritual class and made masks to represent the spirits of nature. The stylistic diversity of this art reflects the geographically divergent peoples who were conquered in 1500 and eventually became the Mossi we know today.
Unlike many other West African peoples, the Mossi did not convert to Islam in large numbers, and they continue to create a brilliant art just as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago. Until the 1980s, there was a lot of confusion about the exact attribution of Mossi art to the people who created it. This book clearly shows that the Mossi continued to create a brilliant art that they still use today to express their ideas about politics and religion.
Author: Christopher D. Roy
Editions: Five Continents
Number of pages: 134
Dimensions: 240 x 170 mm
ISBN : 978-8874397006
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