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Nafana "Bedu" Plank Mask "B"

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Item 694 B
55.00 LBS

Product Description

The Nafana are part the Gurunsi collective. They are a small group whose population is found mainly in Burkina Faso. Their arts adhere to the Burkina traditions of opposing colors and geometric patterns. Primarily hunters and fishermen, they are well-known for their huge and splendidly decorated vertical plank masks. These masks, carved from one piece of native wood, which can exceed 8 feet in height, are known as "bedu." The bedu have the power of fertility and are brought out during harvest festivals where they are used by young men dancing in pairs. Being multi functional, these towering structures are also believed to rid the village of evil forces and aid in the general well being of the tribe. References have been made as to the structural components which can represent anything from the sun and the moon to sexual genitalia.

This is an older used mask. There are obvious signs of wear but no major cracking or anything else that would detract from its beauty or value. This is a great find!


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Dimensions: 51 inches tall x 23 inches across the widest point x 4 inches deep.

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