I quite big Mossi mask with heavy signs of usage that probably danced a lot for funerals.
See the Mossi dances here: https://vimeo.com/124460363
PROVENANCE: Jan Van Camp, private collector Antwerp.
Galerie Dayak, Gustav Bulkens in the 1980's.
ORIGIN: Mossi, Burkina Faso.
HEIGHT: 80 cm . A metal stand is included in your package.
According to tradition, the Mossi comes from the marriage of a Mamprusi princess and Mandé hunter.
Yennenga was a warrior princess, daughter of a Mamprusi king in upper east Ghana. While exploring her kingdom on horseback, she lost her way and was rescued by Rialé, a solitary Mandé hunter. They got married and gave birth to the first authentic Mossi, Ouedraogo, who is recognised as the father of Mossi people.
The Mossi are directly descended from the Mamprusi people and similarly live in upper east Ghana with a capital of Bawku/Nalerigu. These legendary origins apply only to the Nakomse, or the ruling class.
CONDITION: In bad condition, the upper part has been reglued, as some parts of the face. Some parts missing, see the images.
I PREFER THIS MASK TO BE PICKED UP. I OFFER FREE TRANSPORTATION WORLDWIDE and will pack it well , BUT WILL NOT REFUND IN CASE OF DAMAGING DURING THE TRANSPORT. In that case you'll have to restore it yourself at your cost.
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- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Burkina Faso
- 1st half 20th century
- In poor condition with signs of heavy wear & tear or damaged parts
- Sold with stand
- 80×15×40 cm