Mossi Karanga Antelope Mask

c. 1950
$1,880 USD
Make an Offer
W: 5.5" D: 6.0" H: 70.5"
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
Estimated Shipping

Unlike many African masks worn only by certain castes or secret societies, the karanga mask of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso is held within a patrilineal family line. Crafted in the northern Yatenga region, such masks provide a direct spiritual link between the wearer and their ancestors. The simple oval face mask is topped by an immense totem-like structure decorated with geometric patterns and twisting antelope horns. The antelope is considered a totemic animal inexplicably linked to the clan through a shared life source. Embodying the antelope's spirit through the mask, the wearer reminds his community of their shared origins and connection to the natural world.

Questions? Ask us

What They're Saying

Portrait lovell
Suzanne Lovell | Suzanne Lovell, Inc.

“I am particularly fond of PAGODA RED as we have known the family for so long. Betsy is a professional in every way and her intelligent taste comes from a long line of family knowledge in the arts. She and her team are the very best to work with and we find treasures with every visit!”

Receive our weekly email on design &
creating memorable spaces