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Mossi Carving Flute Burkina Faso Custom Stand African Art

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Type of Object Musical instrument
Country of Origin Burkina Faso
People Mossi or Moshi
Materials Wood
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 16
Width (in) 2.5
Dimensions Height: 16 Inches
Width: 2.5 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair Cracks, chips and a well worn patina

Additional Information: 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. Mossi are renowned for their masquerades and the use of large superbly sculpted and brightly painted masks and colorful costumes. Among the Mossi elders are highly 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. Sculpted figures known as Ninande (pl.) have a number of functions and It is difficult to establish the use of a figure without specific knowledge of it’s use. This stylized sculpted female figure has and unusual Mossi facial and body lines and a ringed neck. The high crested hairstyle is a version of gyonfo coiffure worn by the female among the Mossi.

For a similar example see Roy, Christopher & Thomas G. B. Wheelock, Burkina Faso Land of the Flying Masks. The Thomas G. B. Wheelock Collection, 2007,figs. 478-489

Recommended Reading:

Roy, Christopher & Thomas G. B. Wheelock, Burkina Faso Land of the Flying Masks. The Thomas G. B. Wheelock Collection, 2007

Roy, Christopher., The Art of the Upper Volta Rivers, 1987.

Elisabeth, Cameron, ISN'T S/HE A DOLL-PLAY AND RITUAL IN AFRICAN SCULPTURE, 1996