Mossi Housepost, Burkina Faso
height 41in (104cm)
Eric Robertson, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Museum for African Art. "Lasting Foundations: the Art of Architecture in Africa." Sepember 30, 2005 January 6, 2006. Venue: World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery.
This Mossi sun shelter post is from the entrance to the village chief's residence. The Mossi chief holds meetings with dignitaries and other important persons in the shelter where the support posts are carved with figures and designs representing ideal physical and spiritual forms.
Cf. Roy, Christopher D., Alain Chaffin. Art of the Upper Volta Rivers, Univ. of Michigan: A. et F. Chaffin, 1987