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Iron, bronze, brass, copper, silver, gold, aluminum, and tin may be used in pure form or combined to make alloys. The bracelet with the leaf mask in the center of this case is made from an aluminum alloy used in the engine blocks of the Peugeot mopeds that have been the most important means of transportation in Burkina Faso since the 1950s. 75) These metals may be forged, hot or cold cut, twisted, soldered together and/or cast.Casting in West Africa is by the lost wax process (Fr. In cire perdue, a wax image in the exact form of the desired metal object is formed around a clay core.The masks of the Nuna, Nunuma, Winiama and Lela are covered with patterns painted in red, black and white.The two masks on the left have retained most of their pattern and color.
They enhance the appearance of men, women and children, rich and poor, but they do more than that.People treasure old chairs and stools as mementos, passing them down from generation to generation…Stools of the type shown here, from the Mouhoun River area, are sold and traded all over the border area between Mali and Burkina Faso.They are often mistakenly attributed to the Bwa, Bobo, Bamana, Mossi and other peoples.’ Roy, op cit.The Inland Niger Delta cultures have been identified as Djenne, Bankoni, Segou – or Bambara, and Tenenkun.
The time span corresponds to that of the great empires of the Sahel, in which cavalry played an important part.The baked clay core may be removed, but frequently all or part of it is left inside the work of art.