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    MOSSI PLANK MASK
    (BURKINA FASO, WESTERN AFRICA)

    A Mossi mask is often quite abstract, featuring a tall, plank-like vertical element rising from a more sculptural face mask with an oval, concave facial plane bisected by a vertical nose. Bright pigments in geometric shapes add emphasis. Masks are owned by extended families or clans. They often contain references to totemic or clan animals from the clan's mythological past, in which the animal helped or saved clan ancestors. Extra antelope horns on the present mask probably note such an affiliation, which continues in the present.

    Most Mossi masks are associated with ancestors or nature spirits. They appear at agricultural rites, funerals or other important ceremonies featuring blood sacrifices to the ancestors for clan well-being. When not in use, masks may be kept on ancestral shrines so that their power is augmented by ancestral powers. In addition, the power of the earth, manifested in increased food production, the well-being of the people and that of the natural environment is gained in this way.

    Height: 60 inches


    Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2015
    15th Friday
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