"Mossi Tribe Mask"

Regular price $650.00

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Medium: One of a Kind Hand Carved Wood
Dimensions (in): 5" x 4" x 42"
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 22.86 x 96.52
Region: Burkina Faso
Tribe: Mossi Tribe

Approximate Age: 60 years (1958)
Availability: In Stock
Item Number: M011

Condition: Excellent
Certificate of Authenticity Provided
Custom-made mask stand included with your purchase

The Mossi use masks at burials, funerals, and initiations, and at annual year-end ancestral sacrifices. They represent spirits from the wild bush areas surrounding the village, which may appear to humans as animals. When masks are not being worn in performances, they are placed on ancestral shrines in the kimse roogo, or ancestral spirit house of the family that owns them. The spirits protect the family from disease, accident, natural disaster, drought, infertility, and generally ensure success in their life.

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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