Despite their appearance, these masks show little evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.
84" wide x 15" high x 8.5" deep
Photographs © Hamill Gallery
BWA STYLE , HAWK/BUTTERFLY MASKS, Burkina Faso
These wide 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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