Hornbill Mask - Wood - MARKA/DAFING - Burkina Faso

Hornbill Mask - Wood - MARKA/DAFING - Burkina Faso
Middle of the 20th century - Good condition, used, with traces of wear

This very decorative mask depicts a bird, the Hornbill, standing with widespread wings.
This object was used for the dances, performed during festivities of harvests and festivities of birth.
These masks were repainted before each use.
A rich polychromy and a specific dress would confer to this mask all its fullness. According to C. Roy, each family possesses its own masks.
Wooden masks symbolised bush spirits. These would protect the members of a same family against evils and misfortunes, against the effects of witchcraft.

Former private collection from Lille, France.

Hardwood type.
Varnish, three colours of paint.
Age-related cracks, the paint has somewhat faded because of its antiquity.  
The wood on the sides presents some breaks.  
Dry interior.  
A piece of the wood is broken on the lower border.

Shipment via insured express parcel (Colissimo) with track & trace.

Lot details
Calao Mask
Ethnic group/ culture
MARKA / Dafing
Region/ country
Burkina Faso
Mid 20th century
Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand
46×22×11 cm
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