This is a wonderful Mossi Rabbit Mask from Burkina Faso in Africa. This face mask is divided into two sections, an oval face and the long plank. The predominant colors are brow, white and black. Geometric designs embellish the plank and mask. This mask represents a rabbit, one of the most popular animals in the Mossi mask making tradition. Masks are used mainly among the Mossi by the religious class and the farmers. The Mossi tribal people have masks representing the totemic animals of the clans. The common myth behind Mossi masks involves the appearance of a sacred animal or a god at the moment of need. Such apparitions would bestow the gift of the mask to an ancestor to help restore balance to the clan. Mossi masks appear during funerals and at the beginning of the planting season. The Mossi believe they are to escort the dead safely to the netherworld and assure great millet harvests. This type of mask would always be worn with long fiber costumes that would conceal the dancers. The use of colors is also prevalent. This is often incorporated with carved or painted patterns. For a tribe priding itself on its diversity, the use of colors, textures and patterns is perhaps the most appropriate demonstration of the richness of its art. Collected in field, shows age and some discoloration. A wonderful Rabbit Mask to add to your home or collection.
Shows some age, some discoloration, but in good condition.
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