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Bobo Fing Burkina Faso Mask (N° 17835)
A variant of the African mask Newenka of the Bobo Fing, also borrowing features from the mask kellé , it is characterized by a hyena head topped by a stylized ridge patterned by birds. This type of mask was worn exclusively by members of the blacksmith caste, during mourning ceremonies, to accompany the deceased to his ultimate residence, the volta. By the time the mask's eyes were hollowed out, always starting with the left eye, the spiritual incarnation came to life in the room. The upper part of the mask would represent the flight of a bird. Locally flaked matte patina, desiccation cracks. Ancient alternating polychrome diamond motifs, as in the Mossi, are faintly visible on the crest.
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Mandingos, most of which live in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern Mali, the Bobo Fing culture is similar to that of the Bambara. They are organized in lineages led by councils of elders. In each village altars are erected under the authority of the blacksmiths, priests of the cult of Dwo, but the Bobo also worship secondary spirits and those of ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make masks out of fiber leaves that they will wear during ceremonies in order to establish a relationship with the spiritual world.
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|Origin||ex-collection M. Lagarde|
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