In these teacher materials, and during the program, students will discuss former French colonies in Africa, which have a rich and complex history.
Africa, Western Sudan, possibly Bwa people, early-mid 20th century
wood, fibers, Overall: h. 69.80 cm (27 7/16 inches). Gift of Katherine C. White 1969.2
Among the Bwa people, masks with human, animal, and fantastic traits typically represent protective bush spirits. This mask’s horns and muzzle identify it as a bush buffalo. Masked dancers appear during the dry season on the occasion of initiations, funerals of elders, market days, harvest celebrations, and annual renewal rituals to protect the well-being of the community.
CMA 1968: African Tribal Images: The Katherine White Reswick Collection, cat. no. 31, repr.
CMA 1970: "Year in Review 1969," CMA Bulletin LVII (Jan., 1970), p. 47, no. 128, repr. p. 41.
CMA 1981: A Cleveland Bestiary, October 14-December 9, 1981, cat. no. 11, repr. p, 17.