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Buffalo Mask

Buffalo Mask

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 for initiations, funerals of elders, market days, harvest celebrations, and annual renewal rituals to protect the well-being of the community.


Bwa Mask
Bush Spirits
Masks & Masquerade
See also
African Art
African Art
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