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The Mossi, Bwa, and Lobi peoples of Burkina Faso use whistle and flute instruments during masked performances. Generally played in groups by young male initiates, flutes accompany dancers during important communal masquerades such as the yearly village purification ritual and mask consecrations....

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By 1981, Rouaix, Paris, France; 1981, sold by Rouaix to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Burkina Faso, 20th century

Object Place

Burkina Faso


Length x width: 9 x 24 cm (3 9/16 x 9 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood, rope, paint


Africa and Oceania


Musical instruments, Sound Devices