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    Mossi (Burkina Faso), Ouagadougou Region
    Antelope Cap Mask, Wan-nyaka
    Wood, pigment, encrustations, wire
    Height: 23 ¼ inches Width: 6 ¾ inches

    A mask with delicate, S-curved horns, this example has a saggital crest that extends into a narrow snout, and small projecting eyes. There is pyroengraving in geometric patterns in two zones around the mask's base, on the face, and on the sides of the head. The horns are pigmented in alternating zones of black and white, with traces of red. Holes around the base of the mask were for the attachment of costume elements. Masks are danced at festivals and the funerals of important people.

    There are pigment loses throughout. The proper right horn was broken away nine inches from the tip and indigenously wired together.

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



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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