Bush Buffalo Mask

Bush Buffalo Mask

early-mid 1900s

Wood, fibers

Overall: 69.8 cm (27 1/2 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1969.2

Description

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.

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Masks & Masquerade
Bwa Mask
Bush Spirits
See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood, fibers

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