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Bobo mask (N° 22963)

African mask flanked by a transverse crest, all adorned with triangular motifs symbolizing magic amulets.
These masks are repainted with each new dance season. Common characteristics are to be noted with certain helmet-masks of the Markha, another Mandinka ethnic group.
These heavy masks, whose design usually revolves around a helmet with a crest or horned growths, occurred during agricultural rituals in order to restore the balance of the earth. Their significance was revealed during the initiation of young boys.
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. Apart from objects carved in wood, they also make fiber sheet masks which they will wear during ceremonies to establish a relationship with the spiritual world. The most important of the wooden masks are the sacred masks (molo and nwenke), the masks that accompany them (nyaga) and those of entertainment (Bole, sing. bolo).
Matte polychrome pigments. Minimal cracking. Lacks (ear)  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Height cm85
Width26 cm
Weight4.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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