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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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Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Eli and Carolyn Newberger

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

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2009.5360

Medium or Technique

Wood and pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Masks