No words do describe the beauty of this mask
Exquisite /Rare old Mossi BIRD Mask Burkina Faso
high relief with geometric design
it shows wear, scratches, age cracks, and chips in places
42" H by 9"w by 9.5" D
pls check pictures and thanks for lookingFinely decorated masks such as this rarely come on the market and would be of good addition to any collection.
The Mossi are today the largest single group living in Burkina Faso. They originated from horsemen who made their way north from present day Ghana during the 1500âs. 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. These animal masks are all representations of the totem animals for specific clans. In a clan village, the killing of an animal identified with the clan is the same as killing a person. Burkina Faso is a land of masks, with figures scarce across all groups.