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Mask (karanga)

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Many Mossi masks depict sacred animals that belong to each clan. Masks are danced during funerals and agricultural cycles and the animal spirits protect the clan and ensure the productivity of the land and natural environment. The mask is comprised of a simple head, bisected by a ridge, with...

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Provenance

Bamako; to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

African, Mossi peoples, Burkina Faso, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Burkina Faso

Dimensions

Overall: 120 x 18.5 x 16.2 cm (at tip) (47 1/4 x 7 5/16 x 6 3/8 in.) Depth 16 cm at face

Accession Number

2009.2762

Medium or Technique

Wood, pigment

Collections

Africa and Oceania

Classifications

Sculpture