Mossi masks preside over the sacrifices offered at the beginning of the rainy season, which were to insure the community a good millet crop and harvest of wild fruits. They “supervised,” before the first harvest or initiation. Between “appearances,” the masks remained in the family shrine, where they received prayers and sacrifices for those members of the family who were in need, and they aided communication with the ancestors.
However, this mask instead of the usual beige and brown tones was painted black and white. We are told this was to make it stand out at the initiation dance where multitudes of masks are danced.