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Burkina Faso Mask

year:

2022

technique:

Oil on canvas

dimensions:

100 x 130 cm.

Painting of a traditional mask of the Bwa ethnic group from Burkina Faso on a background with a texture reminiscent of natural stone. It is an ethnic painting that wants to make the customs of the indigenous peoples endure. Well, these towns are an example of cultures and societies that develop in perfect harmony with Nature.

Traditional Bwa masks are hand carved from Acajou wood and painted with natural dyes and kaolin.

The Bwa live in some areas of southwestern Burkina Faso up to the Malian city of San, and live mainly from agriculture, being also great craftsmen.
The oldest Bwa masks were made from leaves, feathers, and plant fibers. Later, the Bwa began to carve Acajou wooden masks for their rituals, based on the masks of their neighbors the Guruntsi and the Bobo.
All the Bwa masks represent the spirits of nature that have some influence on the human being. In this case, this mask represents an owl.
Currently, they use the masks for ceremonies, and also on market days, funerals, and rites related to agriculture.

The piece is framed with a natural wood corner.

year:

2022

technique:

Oil on canvas

dimensions:

100 x 130 cm.

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