Crest Mask - Bwa Gurunsi - SOLD OUT

Mythical mask of Burkina Faso

The Mossi of Burkina Faso call up zoomorphic masks at various times in the agrarian cycle where they ensure a good harvest of cereals, and throughout funerary rituals where they participate in the burial ceremonies of the deceased, then at the second funeral to accompany the departure of the soul of the deceased. Between these manifestations, these effigies are kept on the altars of the ancestors where they are the object of offerings and sacrifices so that they watch over the whole community. Mossi masks belong to families, and the choice of the animal is in the personal history of the one who wants to honor the ancestors. The shaft above this facial mask and the stylization of the figure, characteristic of the Mossi, embody a hawk.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
75 x 23 cm
Expert's estimate
Ethnic group
Burkina Faso
Tribal art collection Belgium

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