Mossi polychrome buffalo mask


The buffalo mask is a classic of zoomorphic art. The Mossi are the largest ethnic group in Burkina Faso. They are also located in Ghana and Ivory Coast. The four main values characteristic of the ethnic group are: ancestors, land, family and hierarchy. Mossi people use masks during burials and initiations. Masks attend to honor the deceased and to verify that the spirit of the deceased merits admission into the celestial ancestors’ world. In fact, without a proper funeral, the spirit remains near to the house and causes trouble to the descendants.


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Additional information

Weight 1.2 kg
Dimensions 19 × 47 × 20 cm

Burkina Faso

Ethnic Group