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Mask in the form of a rooster's head

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This rooster mask from the Mossi peoples in Burkina Faso was worn during important events in village life. Masks appear during burials, funerals, and initiations, and other important occasions in the annual ritual cycle. Each mask represents an animal, wild or domestic. These characters, whether...

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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, Mossi peoples, Burkina Faso, mid-20th century


Overall: 20.3 x 21 x 24.1 cm (8 x 8 1/4 x 9 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment


Africa and Oceania