BWA WOOD PLANK BUTTERFLY MASK AGRICULTURE MARKET FESTIVITIES INITIATION ETHNIX For Sale
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BWA WOOD PLANK BUTTERFLY MASK AGRICULTURE MARKET FESTIVITIES INITIATION ETHNIX:
ORIGINAL VILLAGE CEREMONIAL MARKET FESTIVITIESPLANK NWANTANTAY MASK
Type of Object: AFRICAN PLANK MASK
Ethnic Group: BWA /NWANTANTAY
Country of Origin: BURKINA FASO
Approximate Age: 50+ years
Dimensions: almost 10.0" long ; 20.0" wide 15.0" thickness
Weight: over 15.0 lbs (LOCAL PICK UP ONLY bc OF SIZE AND WEIGHT)
Overall Condition: Good but with a repaired broken nose
Additional Information: THE TRIBAL ARTS OF AFRICA BY: JEAN BAPTISTE BACQUART
This is a rare and hard to find Bwa butterfly mask.
Bwa people can be found both in Mali and in Burkina Faso. Their spiritual life is based on worship devoted to the founding ancestors of the clan called Do. It is an anthropomorphic being, the son of the creator god that represents the life-giving powers of nature, the forest forces, sources of the life of plants and the fields, that intervenes at the time of agrarian rituals and funerals. It is incarnated at initiations and village purifications, held just after crops are planted. Deliberately non-human in shape, color, and behavior, the maskers celebrate life and help renew the forces of nature.
Wooden masks are found only among the Bwa in the south. The majority of masks have a circular face with geometric designs painted in vivid colors, and is surmounted by a large plank with a crescent-shaped motif at the end. The eyes set off by concentric circles, for instance, are intended to recall an owl, and the hooked shape extending from its forehead alludes to the hornbill. These masks represent animals: antelopes, warthogs, wild buffalo, monkeys, crocodiles, serpents, fish, birds, and insects, along with some human beings, and bush spirits who take on supernatural forms. The mask is worn in front of the face. The dancer looks through the open hole of the mouth. These masks are thought to be inhabited by supernatural forces, which act to benefit the clan that owns them. Masks are involved in burials, periods of mourning, initiations, and entertainment festivities on market days.
Bwa figures are associated with divination ceremonies, human and agricultural fertility rites. They are paraded through villages and are offered sacrifices. The Bwa sculpt divination canes with curved ends; diviners use copper or brass bracelets decorated with standing figures that represent the spirits.
Masks of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba, Mossi, and others living in Burkina Faso commonly combine features of humans, animals, and even insects. Bold geometric shapes repeated in brightly painted designs enliven the surfaces of these relatively abstract forms. When used in performances the masks embody nature or ancestor spirits that interact with human beings and influence their lives. They appear at important funerals to honor the dead and escort the deceased's soul to the world beyond. They also dance at agricultural festivities to ensure the proper progression of the seasons, and at initiation rituals to help introduce young men and women to the secrets and responsibilities of adulthood
Source: Metropolitan Museum of of Art NY and Wikepedia
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