MOSSI PEOPLE, BURKINA FASO, 20TH CENTURY
"The most common masks of the Eastern (Boulsa) Mossi are the tall masks, worn by adult men, with red fiber costumes called wan-zega ("red mask"). The visible portion of the mask is about 35 cm. long and 20 cm. wide. A tall (ca. 100 cm.), thin pole extends from the top of the mask. The pole is covered with a thick layer of long red fibers, and from it hangs a large, heavy sack of traditional medicine which swings freely when the mask dances. The body of the performer is covered with a close-fitting red costume. Wan-zega carry a long knife and a club in the left hand. The mask is painted white with kaolin clay, and has small red surrounds at the eyes. The semi-cylindrical mask is bisected by a ridge or nose.
Wood, kaolin, red and black pigment
39.5 x 8.5 in. (100.33 x 21.59 cm.)
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