Mossi Mask 1

Donated African Art at PLU mossi-mask
Mossi Mask 1

Artist: Unknown Mossi artist

Name: wango (wan-go) mask

Origin: Mossi people of Burkina Faso

Made of: Wood, pigment, animal hide

Dimensions: H: 37 3/8” (95 cm) W: 10 3/8” (26.5cm) D: 9 7/8” (25cm)

From: Gift of Dr. Oliver E. and Pamela F. Cobb, 2008

Accession No. 2008.02.004

On display in the PLU’s Mortvedt Library (2nd floor)

Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso

Description: An elongated mask painted with triangular designs of red, white, and blue pigment. The crest features many triangular shapes and negative space. The mask with its long face and small rectangular eyes, when accompanied by a full body suit, serves to obscure the wearer. Instead, the wearer embodies the spirits of the ancestors of the clan to whom the mask belongs.