Africa | Antelope dance crest "adone" from the Kurumba people of Burkina Faso | Wood and pigment || Such masks were used during major events associated with funerary rites and commemoration of the ancestors. The mask represents the heroic antelope that played an important role in the myths of the founding of the clan, when it saved the life of the founding elder. The "protective antelope" functions as the totem animal of most Kurumba clans.
Antelope mask Bobo people, Burkina Fasso 28 inches, painted wood Two antelope masks, called Kaan, rest between dances. Their ritual role is to remove any vestiges of negative energy that have accumulated in the community since the last harvest.