MOSSI WANGO MASKS Burkina Faso, Formally Upper Volta, Diolaso region;
A fine Wango mask, White pigment. Rich aged patina, oval face and a female figure on top There are masks of this type without the figures atop, are known as Yatenga, this type of masks, with figures atop are known as Wango. They originated from horsemen who made their way north from present day Ghana during the 1500’s. The Mossi are renowned for their masquerades and the use of large, superbly sculpted and brightly painted masks and colorful costumes. Mossi elders are highly honored with elaborate funerals and the appearance of masked dancers with masks representing ancestors and various spirits and forces of Nature in dramatic and often vigorous dances.
Splendidly sculpted and brightly colored mask are worn on the face and resting on the top of the head is supported by a web of cords woven through the sides of the mask at the back of the dancer’s head. Due to its size and height it requires great skill on the part of the wearer to keep it upright while being danced. The mask is divided into a number of separate but related sections. The OVAL face is divided by a sculpted vertical centerline with round eyes on either side.Antelope horns pls check pics.... reach upwards from the top of the face and a female figure is carved in front The female figure is dynamically carved and is especially strong when seen from the side ....
measures: the mask is approx 40"1/2 h by 5" w
and 45.5" with the iron stand with is included in the sale
minor losses wood opening scratches etc...due to age