MSSU African Art Exibit : The MSSU African Art collection features a variety of authentic works of art from various tribes located throughout Central Africa. The objects in the collection range from mundane day to day grooming tools to ritualistic masks and statues.
Boa War Mask
Object Name:
Mask, Ritual, Boa
Other Name:
Mask, Ritual, War
Place of Origin:
Boa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa
Aboriginal Indigenous Art.

H = 14—1/2"
W = 10"
D = 5"

The Boa are known principally for their masks, believed to be used in war—related ceremonies, particularly to enhance a warrior's courage or to celebrate victories. Black and white pigments are usually applied to masks used in war—related ceremonies. The large, set—apart ears and the inset teeth are typical features on these masks.

Bacquart, P. 141
Elongated oval—shaped wooden dance mask, with small crescent—shaped inset eyes, in concave facial area. Elongated oval—shaped nose, starting at center of straight pronounced brow. Small oval—shaped mouth, with one jagged tooth protruding from top right side. Large set—apart, hollow circular ears. Black and tan pigments covering entire surface, forming stripe—like pattern. Dark brown pigment, starting from bottom of nose and continuing to top of forehead.
Guy Mace Collection, (Turblex Company)
Wood W/Pigment
Ritually Used
Carving / Painting
Art Department, Missouri Southern State University
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