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Mossi Wooden Polychrome Mask - PF.5416
Origin: Central Burkina Faso
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 17" (43.2cm) high x 7" (17.8cm) wide
Collection: African Art
Medium: Wood, Paint

Location: Great Britain
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Highly stylized, this charming mask has a small oval face with a rectangular goatee. Each side of the head is ornamented with a pair of large white triangles surrounding the semi-circular ears. The curved crest is composed of two sections, one element with a jagged edge attached to a broad plank decorated on the edges with triangles. Small circular eyes and a mouth like a bird’s beak are dominated by a long, broad nose. Mossi masks are owned by families or clans, used in funerals, then placed on shrines as “mediums of communication” with ancestors. - (PF.5416)


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