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Mask in the form of a goat

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This goat mask, from the Gurunsi peoples in Burkina Faso, was worn during masquerades marking important occasions in the annual life cycle. Each mask represents an animal, wild or domestic. These characters, whether animal or human, also appear in the myths of origin of the lineages that own the...

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About 1968, acquired in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (then Upper Volta), by Drs. Eli and Carolyn Newberger; 2009, gift of the Drs. Newberger to the MFA. (Accession date: January 20, 2010)

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Gift of Eli and Carolyn Newberger

African, Gurunsi peoples, Burkina Faso, 20th century


Overall: 18.4 x 24.1 x 32.4 cm (7 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 12 3/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment


Africa and Oceania