Africa, Burkina Faso, Nuna / Bushcow Headdress / c. 1940sAfrica, Burkina Faso, Nuna
Bushcow Headdress
c. 1940s

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Creator Name: Unknown
Creator Nationality: African; Central African; Burkinabe
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Burkina Faso, Nuna
Title: Bushcow Headdress
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1940
Creation End Date: 1949
Creation Date: c. 1940s
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood and pigment
Dimensions: Overall: 69.8cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1969.2
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Style or Period: Africa, Burkina Faso, Nuna
Context: Among Bwa and Nuna peoples, masks make spiritual forces visible. The bushcow, personifying a forest spirit, performs at funerals to release the deceased's soul from the village. Its costume, consisting of cultivated fibers (sisal), evokes the social forces of the community. The rectangular design, composed of four triangles, is a common motif symbolizing femaleness (fours), males (threes), and families.See video
AMICA ID: CMA_.1969.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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