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Mossi mask
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Figurative animal mask, uncommon, representing the head of a mammal. Diamond patterns, based on natural pigments, are painted on the surface.
Matte patina of use, small chips.
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 ...


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Mossi doll
Tribal art > African Dolls > Mossi doll

Old fertility doll adopting the classic morphology, but whose narrow head ending in a point remains rarer. From the leather the sheath to the upper part of the neck that a fine braid delimits. Beautiful patina of use, contact abrasions and desication cracks.
The hope of a pregnancy is accompanied in certain groups by initiation rites. Wooden figures are then carved, some reflecting both genders, in many cases clothed in beads and clothes. During the period of confinement, the doll, which becomes a child who asks to be fed, washed and anointed on a daily basis, becomes the girl's only companion. After the initiation, they will be carried on the women's backs, or tied around their necks. The wooden dolls (biiga), carved in their free time by the blacksmiths of Burkina Faso, are ...


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490.00

Door Mossi
Tribal art > Door shutter > Door Mossi

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The door is made of four planks. Schematized anthropomorphic figures refer to the ancestors and are also associated with traditional sculptures linked to fertility. Beautiful locally abraded matte patina.
Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is made up of the descendants of the invaders, horsemen who came from Ghana in the 15th century, named Nakomse, and the Tengabibisi, descendants natives. Political power is in the hands of the Nakomsé, who assert their power through statues, while the priests and religious leaders are from the Tengabisi, who use masks during their ceremonies. Animists, the Mossi worship a creator god named Wendé. Each individual would have a soul, sigha, linked to a totemic animal.


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Mossi mask
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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 ...


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Mossi Mask
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Incarnating a spirit, this mossi mask has a summit ridge between two curved horns extended by a bird's beak. The geometric patterns on which it is decorated are enhanced by a polychrome patina, attenuated and chipped by time. The black patina was originally obtained from charcoal and gum pods. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object through offerings such as millet beer, while invoking its protection.
The Mossi masks, personal or lineage, are an incarnation 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. Upper Volta, ...


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Mossi statue
Tribal art > African Statues > Mossi statue

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This sculpture with a balanced morphology has a thick greasy patina. The traditional ethnic scarification marks can be seen on the surface. These tribal marks were made on the abdomen after the birth of the first child.
Good condition despite some desiccation cracks.
This type of figure also topped karan-wemba masks. These statues have become rarer due to the conversions of their owners to Islam. The patina usually comes from renewed applications of shea butter. Mossi chiefs have prestigious statues gathered in the house of ancestral spirits, and those of diviners, representing ancestors, have a sacrificial patina.
Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is composed of the descendants of the invaders, horsemen who came from Ghana in the ...


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Mossi Biga fertility charm
Tribal art > African fetish > Biga doll

Anthropomorphic figure in bronze evoking a young Mossi woman. A ritual statuette supposed to help in conception, it was made in metal by the Mossi blacksmith, who was also in charge of the carved wooden examples. The use of dolls by young African women is not exclusively within the context of initiation. When menstruation appears, the young girl is considered as a potential mother. In many ethnic groups, the search for fertility is then done through initiation rites. Wooden figures are then carved, some reflecting both genders, often dressed in beads and clothes. During the period of seclusion, the doll, which becomes a child that requires daily feeding, washing and anointing, becomes the girl's only companion. After the initiation, they will be carried on the back of the women, or ...


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Mossi animal cap mask
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Ex-collection of French African tribal art.

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, ...


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Large Mossi face mask
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Ex-collection French African tribal art.
See northern centre of the country Mossi, convex African masks, with a prominent central ridge, are common. This top face mask is part of a set of three male, female and child, which their behavior distinguishes. It is young initiates, elected by the elders, who will wear the masks. The dancer wearing the male mask expresses himself with an aggressive pantomime and wields a long whip. A thick, plant-fibre adornment, absent from this copy, usually conceals the tubular growth of the top. Grainy matte patina, very locally flaked. 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 ...


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Masque facial Mossi
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In the northern centre of the Mossi country, convex African masks, with a prominent central ridge, are common. This top face mask is part of a set of three male, female and child, which their behavior distinguishes. It is young initiates, elected by the elders, who will wear the masks. The dancer wearing the male mask expresses himself with an aggressive pantomime and wields a long whip. The mask is topped with a tubular growth hidden under a vegetable fiber hairstyle. The eyes are surrounded by dumb seeds. Very good condition.
The Mossi masks, personal or lineage, are an incarnation 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 ...


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Mossi crest bust mask
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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.
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 ...


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Mossi vertical board mask
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Blade masks in African art.

This mask is made up of two parts. On the one hand, an extremely stylized concave face that divides a crenellated ridge, and on the other hand, a high open blade. Geometric shapes encrusted with white pigment and red ochre are delicately sculpted on the surface. The board is associated with yaaba-soore , a path that the ancestors followed during the creation. The graphic signs symbolize the ritual imperatives required to enjoy divine favors.
It is not surprising to find this type of mask among the Mossi because this people is made up, in the north, by Dogon tribes with various types of blade masks. The mask sirige for example inspired the company wango which officiated with a derivative but similar version.
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Mossi mask
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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 ...


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