About this object

Masks of this kind, with a carved plank-like extension on top, embody a complex history of trans-cultural mixing within the wider region. They were worn by masked figures during masquerades performed at important cultural events like funerals and agricultural ceremonies, which were intended to ensure the well-being of the community and the land.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Mossi [Moshi / Moore / Moose]
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Burkina Faso
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Pigment; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Gallery Menist, 1966
  • Collector
    Gallery Menist
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    750 mm x 149 mm x 80 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: 7. Mossi Mask. Gallery Menist, 1 Hartenstraat, Amsterdam C, Netherlands. Purchase.
  • Related people
    Gallery Menist ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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