early to mid-1900s
Wood, plant fibers, paint, and iron
Overall: 69.8 cm (27 1/2 in.)
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.
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