Banfora market

Burkina Faso

Banfora market

Helmet Mask (Bolo), 19th–20th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 (1979.206.157) #halloween #costume

Helmet Mask (Bolo), 19th–20th century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller, 1979 (1979.206.157) #halloween #costume

Africa | Bobo Bush Masks.  Burkina Faso | ©Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Africa | Bobo Bush Masks. Burkina Faso | ©Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

Anyi Mma (Memorial Figure), Ghana

Anyi Mma (Memorial Figure), Ghana

Un-anthropomorphizing

Un-anthropomorphizing

Africa | Comb from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | 20th century | Wood

Africa | Comb from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast | 20th century | Wood

Africa | Mask from the Gurunsi people of Burkina Faso | Wood and pigments

Africa | Mask from the Gurunsi people of Burkina Faso | Wood and pigments

19th–20th century, Bwa peoples,  Burkina Faso, Black Volta River region. Medium: Wood, pigment, fiber Dimensions: H. 72 x W....

19th–20th century, Bwa peoples, Burkina Faso, Black Volta River region. Medium: Wood, pigment, fiber Dimensions: H. 72 x W....

Africa | Zoomorphic mask "nwenka" from the Bobo people of Burkina Faso | Wood, polychrome paint, natural fiber

Africa | Zoomorphic mask "nwenka" from the Bobo people of Burkina Faso | Wood, polychrome paint, natural fiber

Africa | Mask "nwenka" from the Bobo people of Burkina Faso | Wood, paint, indigo blue pigment |  the "nwenka" mask is one of the oldest and most sacred wooden masks that perform at Bobo masquerades. Tradition claims it dated from the time of creation when "wuro", the Creator God, molded the world from moist clay and made creatures to inhabit it.  The "nwenka" masked dance imitates "wuro's" creating the world.

Africa | Mask "nwenka" from the Bobo people of Burkina Faso | Wood, paint, indigo blue pigment | the "nwenka" mask is one of the oldest and most sacred wooden masks that perform at Bobo masquerades. Tradition claims it dated from the time of creation when "wuro", the Creator God, molded the world from moist clay and made creatures to inhabit it. The "nwenka" masked dance imitates "wuro's" creating the world.

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