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Butterfly Mask

African Art

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Butterfly Mask

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Yacouba Bondé
Bwa, Burkinabé, born 1963

Date

ca. 2002

Medium

Wood and paint

Accession #

2009.4

Dimensions

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 403

Description

Bwa mask performances are among the most spectacular of all African masquerades and take place during the dry season between March and May. Today Bwa plank masks have become an important symbol of national identity and are pictured on the currency of Burkina Faso. Carved in abstract, human, and diverse animal forms, they perform during initiations, funerals, harvest festivals, at market day dances, and for annual renewal ceremonies to honor nature spirits who watch over families and promote their well being.

Credit

Gift of Scott and Judy Lampert