ORIGINAL CEREMONIAL INITIATION WOOD LONIAKE SQUARE PLANK BIRD BEAK MASK. Type of Object: PLANK MASK. Country of Origin: BURKINA FASO. Materials: WOOD, NATURAL DYE, KAOLIN. Dimensions: 25.0" by 8.0" by 17.0. Weight: 2235 grams; 4.9 lbs; 79.6 oz. Overall Condition: Good (old cracks were repaired). This is a rare plank Tussian horned mask. The Tussian people of Burkina Faso carved this mask called Loniake, a square plank of wood pierced with two eyes surmounted by the clan's emblem, sometimes a pair of horns or a bird's head. These masks were worn during initiation ceremonies. Some headdresses called Kable, are stylistically influenced by the Senufu, are used during rites associated with the purification of villages and at funerals. Often they have oily patinas resulting from numerous libations of palm oil. The Tribal Arts of Africa by J. These are objects acquired from more than 20 years of collecting both in the field and in New York. It has culminated in the creation of Ethnix Tribal Arts gallery in New York City. Each item has been selected for its individual merit such as the quality of workmanship, construction, age, and authenticity.
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