BWA PLANK MASKS, Burkina Faso

 BWA
Plank Mask 17
81" high
$500

 BWA
Plank Mask 18
59" high
$500

 BWA
Plank Mask 20
47" high
$400


Photographs © Tim Hamill

Despite their appearance, these masks show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

Masks like these tall headdresses transformed the dancer into a supernatural being. They were used by the Do society at dances to promote fertility of the fields and at funerals of Do members. The geometric designs all have meanings. The checkerboard pattern symbolizes the separation of light from dark, good from evil, and female from male.

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