Sun Spirit Mask
Bwa, Burkina Faso
Wood, mineral pigments

H: 30"
Inventory # 10495

The Bwa seek the help of powerful natural spirits who live in the wild forests, bush country, and rivers surrounding their villages. Wishing to control these forces and enlist their help against the powers of destruction, the Bwa create masks that make the spirits visible and put them in touch with the people. Dancing these masks on market days and at funerals and initiation ceremonies honors the spirits and brings forth their blessings.