"Plank Mask"

Regular price $2,850.00


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Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood
Height: 6.8 feet/82 inches, 208 centimeters
Length: 14 inches, 36 centimeters
Region: Burkina Faso, West Africa
Tribe: Bwa Tribe
Approximate Age: 59 years (1963)
Availability: In Stock, Available to Ship Immediately 
Item Number: M007
Collection: Tribal Masks
Tear Sheet: Available Upon Request
Provenance Report: "Plank Mask"
Condition: Excellent; Not previously owned; Undamaged
Sourcing: Fair Trade
 Certificate of Authenticity Provided

The Plank Mask appears on several occasions throughout the course of the dry season, from October through May. They can appear at funerals, adulthood initiations, and market day dances (in front of a large audience n the community.) The masks are decorated with graphic patterns in red, white, black, and blue. These are not simply decorative, they are secret signs in a language taught to initiants as they make the transition from childhood to adulthood. 

Masks from Africa
Masks were probably the first objects of African Art to capture the interest of art lovers of the New World. Like sculptures, masks served distinct functions. They were used for initiation, fertility rites, ancestor and spiritual worship, and other ceremonies.

The multitude of styles the masks produced revealed great artistic stories. African masks have been collected since artists like Pablo Picasso started his famous collection. He has stated that African masks inspired much of his work.


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