Karanga (Plank Mask)Late 19th century - Mid 20th century
56 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (142.24 cm x 12.07 cm x 12.07 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
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
This object has the following keywords:
- African - Refers to the cultures of the continent of Africa, which is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.
- Burkina Faso - Style and culture of the people of Burkina Faso.
- funerals - Ceremonies or rites held in connection with the burial or cremation of the body of a deceased person.
- kaolin - Hydrated aluminum silicate clay. It is used for making porcelain for china and chemical porcelain for valves, tubes, and fittings, as a pigment and filler in paint and plastic, an abrasive powder, and in paper to yield a glossy surface.
- plank masks - African masks in the form of an elongated vertical plank, positioned in front of the masker's face, and projecting upwards. Worn in Burkina Faso among the Gurunsi, Mossi, Bwa, and others.
- West African - Styles and cultures from the region comprising the westernmost area of the African continent, defined by the United Nations as including the modern nations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.
- wood - The principal tissue of trees and other plants that provides both strength and a means of conducting nutrients. Wood is one of the most versatile materials known.
- On Selecting: Profiles of Alumnae Donors to the African Art & Artifacts Collection , Jan 25, 2017 – Sep 2, 2017
- Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College Bryn Mawr College , Sep 24, 2010 – May 28, 2011
- African Art from the Collection of Margaret Feurer Plass '17 Bryn Mawr College , May 19, 1990 – Oct 1, 1992
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
and Emily Croll.
Worlds to Discover.
Bryn Mawr College.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 2010
Page Number: 30
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0178061.
Frisk & Borodin Appraisers,
Inventory and Appraisement Belonging to the Estate of Margaret Barton Plass, Deceased. 7 March 1990
Bryn Mawr College Special Collections.
Bryn Mawr, PA, 1990
Page Number: 1, Figure Number: 9
The following Comparanda exist for this object:
- "New Orleans Museum of Art Online Collections Database." (Accessed April 24, 2020): https://noma.org/. Accession No.: 77.147.
- "African Heritage Document and Research Center." (Accessed June 11, 2020): AHDRC.eu. Record No.: 0150374.
The following Related Bibliography exist for this object:
- Christopher D. Roy, "The Spread of Mask Styles in the Black Volta Basin." African Arts 20, no. 4 (August 1987): 40-90.
- Christopher D. Roy, Mossi (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2015), 32-33, 116. Figure Number: 7, Plates 19-20
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