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    Mossi (?) (Burkina Faso)
    Helmet-Mask with Tall Crest
    Wood, traces of pigment
    Height: 37 inches

    This unusual, severely structured mask was collected in 1971 between Mopti and Timbuktu. Its exact tribal origin is uncertain. While there are echoes of Dogon shapes, there are also formal relationships to a seldom seen Mossi mask, gur wangu (Henri Kamer. Haute-Volta. Brussels: André De Rache, 1973, pp. 114 - 115; Art of Upper Volta From the Collection of Maurice Bonnefoy. Austin: University of Texas Art Museum, 1976, no. 22). "This mask called 'Gur-Wangu', is an extremely important mask in the Mossi pantheon. It is used in performance only once a year to celebrate the New Year period and goes from village to village collecting the presents that are carried behind it by the worshippers" (Kamer, op. cit., p. 114). The mask can also appear at the funerals of important dignitaries. A number of vertical cracks have formed with the drying of the wood.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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