Wan Nyaka Mask - Mossi People of Burkina faso - Sold
Wan Nyaka Mask - Mossi People of Burkina faso - Sold
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Wan Nyaka Mask - Mossi People of Burkina faso - Sold

ëWan-Nyakaí means little antelope and were danced at funerals, circumcision rituals, and other ceremonies. Masks occupy an important position in the religious life of the ëNyonyoseí, the ancient farmers & spiritual segment of the Mossi society. Masks appeared at burials to observe on behalf of the ancestors that proper burial procedures were carried out. Masks attended to honor the deceased & to verify that the spirit of the deceased merited admission into the world of ancestors. Without a proper funeral, the spirit remained near the home and caused trouble for his/her descendants. Masks are still very sacred, & are a link to the spirits of ancestors & of nature.
Title: "Wan Nyaka" or duiker antelope mask Material: Wood and natural pigments People: Mossi Country: Burkina Faso Description: ëWan-Nyakaí means little antelope and were danced at funerals, circumcision rituals, and other ceremonies. Masks occupy an important position in the religious life of the ëNyonyoseí, the ancient farmers & spiritual segment of the Mossi society. Masks appeared at burials to observe on behalf of the ancestors that proper burial procedures were carried out. Masks attended to honor the deceased & to verify that the spirit of the deceased merited admission into the world of ancestors. Without a proper funeral, the spirit remained near the home and caused trouble for his/her descendants. Masks are still very sacred, & are a link to the spirits of ancestors & of nature. 26" x 7" x 5.25" wide
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