Gazelle Mask (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

19th-20th century
Mossi
wood, paint
Burkina Faso
Overall: 6 1/2 × 6 1/2 × 23 in. (16.51 × 16.51 × 58.42 cm)
83.93
This cap mask represents a red-fronted gazelle, an animal noted for its reddish forehead, S-shaped horns, and slender muzzle. A cap mask is worn on the top of the head; the holes around its lower edge provide a means to fasten a fiber costume, to cover the wearer.
Gift of Robert and Nancy Nooter
Fragments. Art Mobile. February 1988.
Spirit of the Motherland. September 1994. May 2000.
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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