Africa | Ram head cap mask. Mossi people. 20th century. wood, pigment, fiber, fur and gum | Mossi masks represent animals such as rams, hawks and antelopes that play important roles in stories of family origins. These carvings are believed to contain the collective spirits of family ancestors. The maskers, who wear thick fiber garments, take part in burial and farming ceremonies, and the protection of the community’s wild fruit trees.