Warthog Mask - Bwa People, Burkina Faso
Title: Warthog Mask
Material: Wood and natural pigment
Artist: Carved by the famed mask maker Yocouba Bonde.
Country: Burkina Faso
Description: Most Bwa people are still traditional animists,
and conduct ceremonies based on the myths that recount
the founding of each clan. Each of these myths is recreated
by the performance of the wooden masks that represent
bush spirits, or spirits that take animal forms. Animal masks
imitate in a very stylized but expressive way, the actions,
behavior, or character of the animals that they represent.
The warthog darts rapidly around the performance area
frequently scurrying through great clouds of dust raised by
Provenance: Ex. Deaccession from High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.
Dimensions: 16" height x 11" width x 7 1/2" depth