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Mossi Figural Granary Door Burkina Faso African Art

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Title Mossi Figural Granary Door Burkina Faso African Art
Type of Object Door
Country of Origin Burkina Faso
People Mossi
Materials Wood, metal, pigment
Approximate Age second half 20th Century
Dimensions 25.5 inches H. x 10 inches W.
Overall Condition Good
Damage/Repair wear, shallow cracks


 


Additional Information: Wooden door decorated with a figure standing on a liizard . A carved snake is placed above the standing figure. 


The Mossi are today the largest single group living in Burkina Faso. They originated from horsemen who made their way north from present day Ghana during the 1500's. The Mossi are renowned for their masquerades and the use of large superbly sculpted and brightly painted masks and colorful costumes. Mossi elders are honored with elaborate funerals and the appearance of masked dancers with masks representing ancestors and various spirits and forces of Nature in dramatic and often vigorous dances. This carving was used as a door for granaries. As subsistence farmers they depend upon the food they produce to live, storing it in granaries made of mud with thatched roofs and carved doors providing access to the foodstuffs held in the granary.


Numerous granaries attest not only to the need to store food but equally reflect family structures as each wife will have her own granary where personal objects as well as family shrines are kept. Openings into the granary were sealed by carved doors or panels. Figures of humans, animals or of symbolic motifs were carved in relief onto the surface of the door, and sometimes into the locks. Most Mossi carvings of humans refer to the primordial ancestors who brought humankind to earth and who were the first farmers and blacksmiths.


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Niangi Batulukisi, Ph.D.