Masks with tall superstructures having a board as the intrinsic form are called plank masks. In Africa, they occur only in the Sudan: in Mali, among the Dogon, and in Burkina Faso where this one comes from. The Mossi tribe use it in a spectacular piece of theater, the plank mask towers above all the other masks in a ceremony. Worn by a young, strong, well-trained dancer, it soars into the air when he jumps, carves great circles in space when he spins, and describes a great arc when he bends backwards and then forwards, touching the earth in the four cardinal points with the tip.
97 cm high
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