Lot: 112

Face mask "karan-wemba" of the "wango" society

Burkina Faso, Mossi

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Ilia Malichin, Baden-Baden, Germany
Christie's Paris, 11 December 2014, Lot 133
Lucien van de Velde, Antwerp, Belgium
H: 38.6 inch 10000 EUR / 20000 EUR

wood, pigments, mass, original repairs (chin), base This mask was danced at the funerals of highly esteemed women. The mask honors a woman whose great age, wisdom, and experience elevated her to the rank of a living ancestress, an ideal intermediary between the living and the spirits of the family's ancestors. The appearance of the mask should not only honour her, but also the female progenitor and founder of the clan, who is embodied by the female figure on top of the mask.


Marc Ghysels, 27 Juillet 2011, Brussel, Belgium (Tomodensitometric study with X-ray scanner)
Roy, Christopher D., Land of the flying masks, München 2007, ill. 122 ff

ADHRC: 0122455