20th century, 1950–2000
Object Place: Burkina Faso
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
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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 exaggerated horns that are decorated with triangular patterns.
Acquired in Bamako, Mali, by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart