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Ethnic group settled in Burkina Faso, they speak a language of origin Mande.


Statue Bobo
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This statue is dedicated to the rituals dedicated to Wuro, creator of the earth and animals. His son Dwo incarnated in the masks would have stayed to help the men. The character's crest-hairstyle is that of the Bobo of Mali. With his very singular face-tube muzzle, the character forms a supernatural being. The grid of the surface would refer to the suits made of leaves or fibers worn by masked dancers. The forearms are mobile, the elbows being wrapped in canvas. Red textile strips are knotted on the hips and head, dumb seeds adorn the helmet and have been inserted into the mouth. Cords are wrapped around the neck, sheep horns are trimmed. Remains of clay libations form ochre deposits on the matte wood. br /
Mandingo, most of which lives in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern ...


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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, ...


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Bobo mask
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Ex-collection of French African tribal art.
Mandinka 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 of the Bambara. They are organized into lineages headed 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 venerate secondary spirits and those of the ancestors. In addition to objects carved in wood, they also make fiber sheet masks that they will wear during ceremonies to establish a relationship with the spiritual world. The most important of the wooden masks are the sacred altar-masks (molo and nwenke), the masks that accompany them (nyanga) and those entertainment (Bole , sing. bolo). Before the rainy season, ...


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Bobo mask
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The design of this helmet mask, featuring a crest and forward arching horns, expresses power. The very geometric face is extended by a short outgrowth depicting a beard. The geometric polychromy, faintly visible, peels off locally.
Desication cracks.
These heavy masks, whose design usually revolves around a hemispherical 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.
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. They are organized into lineages headed by councils of elders. In each village altars are erected under the ...


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Bobo Fing Nyanga Mask
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Anthropo-zoomorphic mask surmounted by rounded horns in arch. Abraded matte polychromy. 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 . They are organized into lineages led by councils of elders. In each village altars are erected under the authority of blacksmiths , priests of the Dwo cult, but the Bobo also worship secondary spirits and those of ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make masks from fiber sheets to 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 ...


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Bobo hippotrague helmet mask
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Ex-collection African tribal art from France
. The African masks animal from Burkina Faso
This helmet mask of imposing dimensions embodies a large antelope from West Africa, the hippotrague, with its ringed horns tilted back. Semi-satin patina, desiccation cracks and abrasions.
The Bobo Fing are a Mandingo people, most of whom live in the east of Burkina Faso, but also in the south of Mali. Their 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 Dwo cult, but the Bobo also venerate secondary spirits and those of the ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make masks from fiber sheets to wear during ceremonies in ...

Newenka Bobo Fing Mask
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Variant of the African mask Newenka of the Bobo Fing, it offers a zoomorphic head topped by a crescent crest, itself surmounted by an animal figure. This voluminous specimen was worn exclusively by members of the blacksmith caste, during mourning ceremonies, to accompany the deceased to his ultimate residence, the volta. At the moment when the eyes of the mask were hollowed out, always starting with the left eye, the spiritual incarnation came to life in the room. The upper part of the mask, in a crescent shape, would represent the flight of a bird. Beautiful patina of matt and crusty use, cracks of desiccation.
A Mandingo people, most of whom live in the east of Burkina Faso, but also in the south of Mali, the culture of the Bobo Fing is similar to that of the Bambara. They ...


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Bobo janiform mask
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A combination of sharp contrasting geometric patterns appears under the ritual coating of this African Janiform mask. A crest headdress unites the two faces. The painted motifs symbolize the magical amulets of the Bobo. The masks are repainted with each new season of dance. Some common characteristics are to be noted with some of the helm masks of the Markha, another Mandingo ethnic group.

These heavy masks, usually designed around a hemispherical helmet with a crest or horned growths, were used in agricultural rituals to restore the balance of the earth. Their significance was revealed during the initiation of young boys. The Bobo Fing are a Mandingo people, most of whom live in the east of Burkina Faso, but also in the south of Mali. Their culture is similar to that ...


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Large bobo Molo mask
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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.
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 ...


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Bobo Fing Burkina Faso Mask
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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.
Mandingos, most of which live in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern Mali, the Bobo ...





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