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Mask - Wood - Faso Karanga - Mossi - Mali

Mask - Wood - Faso Karanga - Mossi - Mali

A Faso Karanga mask from the Mossi, close to the border with Dogon.

PROVENANCE: -Private Belgian collection, early 70 's.

HEIGHT: H = 90 cm

A quite enigmatic mask.
The mask presented here has a hollowed domed face surmounted by a pair of tall, elegantly curved and slender parallel planks, each decorated with a raised triangular pattern and joined at the top and bottom, becoming a crest between the triangular-shaped, mysterious hollowed eyes; pierced around the edges in back for attachment;
On the back a part of the rim is damaged eaten by insects ( see images) . Some brown and red color pigment remains.

Despite it's weathered aspect I believe this mask was probably made for decoration. Can be attached on the Wall.

Object Mask
Indigenous object name Faso Karanga
Ethnic group/ culture Mossi
Region/ country Mali
Material Wood
Period Mid 20th century
Condition Good
Sold with stand No
Dimensions 90×19×16 cm
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