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Large bobo Molo mask (N° 17527)
An extraordinary piece dedicated to the god Dwo , this spectacular African mask for the blacksmith, and wearing two high horns, is embellished with carefully crafted losangic motifs, symbolizing the magical amulets of the Bobos. Highlights of burgundy pigments define the nose, ears, and part of the crest. Kaolin residues also appear. Its magnitude hid half the dancer's body. The masks are repainted with each new dance season. Thick vegetable fibres and textiles line the contours. Excellent general condition except for fine desication cracks.
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The sculptures of African art of the Bobo, Bwa , Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso , frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or insects. It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rites. These heavy masks, usually designed around a hemispheric helmet with a ridge or horned growths, occurred during agricultural rituals in order to restore the balance of the earth. Their significance was revealed during the initiation of the young boys. A Mandingo people, most of whom 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 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. The most important wooden masks are the sacred masks (molo and nwenke), the masks that accompany them (nyaga) and those of entertainment (Bole, sing. bolo).
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|Material(s)||wood, textile, plant fibre|
|Estimated dating||1ère halfxx°|
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