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Bobo Mask (N° 24795)

The African masks of Burkina Faso
This large helmet mask has a crest whose flat and openwork structure, behind which rise horns, offers elements such as bird beaks. The decorative patterns in triangles are abraded. Abraded matte patina, minor desiccation cracks.
A Mandingo people, most of whom live in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern Mali, the culture of the Bobo Fing is similar to that of the Bambara. In each village altars are erected under the authority of the blacksmiths, priests of the cult of Dwo, but the Bobo also venerate secondary spirits and those of the ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make masks out of fiber sheets which they will wear during ceremonies in order to establish a relationship with the spiritual world. The most important of the wooden masks are the sacred altar-masks (molo and nwenke), the accompanying masks (nyanga) and those for entertainment (Bole, sing. bolo).  


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OriginEx-collection française.
Countryburkina faso
Height cm82
Width33 cm
Weight4.10 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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