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unknown Mossi
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Karanga (Plank Mask)

Late 19th century - Mid 20th century
Carved wood, kaolin, pigment

56 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (142.24 cm x 12.07 cm x 12.07 cm)
Bequest of Margaret Feurer Plass, Class of 1917

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 99.6.22
Other Number(s): P9 (Plass Number)
Geography: Africa, Burkina Faso, Northern Burkina Faso, Yatenga (Upper Volta)
Classification: Ceremonial and Performance Artifacts; Masks
Culture/Nationality: Yatenga, Mossi, Burkinabé, West African, African
Collection: Plass Collection
Among the Mossi, a zoomorphic mask represents the totem animal of a male leader and his clan, and is associated with protection, fertility, origins, and wealth. This dramatic antelope mask would serve as an aid and witness during important ceremonies, such as burials, agricultural rites, or sacrifices. Masks such as this one could also serve as portable altars and fertility figures.

Geometric designs are evenly distributed on the surface of this mask, which itself is covered with kaolin, a soft, white clay. Through a series of small holes on the rim of the mask's lower part, it would be secured to the masquerader's costume.

To see a Mossi mask performance, northern Yatenga style: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idLqJw9J40A&list=UUp4umXkWWK24m5BUlvVE58w&index=4

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