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Medium: Hand Carved Wood Dimensions (in): 174" x 7" Dimensions (cm): 441.96 x 17.78 Region: Burkina Faso Tribe: Mossi TribeApproximate Age: 70 years (1948) Availability: In Stock Item Number: M016 Condition: ExcellentCertificate of Authenticity Provided
The Large Mossi Tribe Mask instantly makes an impact on a room with high ceilings. Because of its grandiose size, this type of mask is extremely rare, if not impossible, to acquire.
The mask is believed to contain the snake spirit, which brings fertility. The geometric patterns on the mask are not just decorative, initiates can read their symbolic language. The symbols convey moral lessons and the history of the group.
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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