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Bwa / Bwo Tominian carved figure
Tribal art > African Statues > Bwa statue

The African art sculptures of the Bobo , Bwa ("Red Bobo") , Kurumba and Mossi, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from humans, animals or even insects.
It is the spirits of nature that are supposed to determine the well-being and prosperity of an individual, and adversity will be considered as the result of neglect of collective rites.
This is a representation of a masked dancer embodying the Do spirit, dressed in his leaf costume and a crest mask with a horseman motif. This figure plays the role of mediator between men and their creator god Wuro. This sculpture comes from the village of Tominian in Mali. Matt patina, cracks and abrasions. The Bwa live in the west of Burkina Faso, extending into Mali, and are surrounded to the east by the ...


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Bwa warthog mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bwa Mask

Embodying a spirit, this heavy mask appears to represent a warthog, but elements of other animals could be associated with it. The holder of the mask and his family worshipped the object with offerings such as millet beer and invoked its protection. The surface bears symbolic geometric patterns. The dark patina was usually obtained from charcoal and gum tree husks.
Established on both sides of the Black Volta in Burkina Faso and Mali, the Bwa are divided into three endogamous castes: blacksmiths, griots and farmers. The Bwa believe in a god Difini creator of the world, who later abandoned him to his son Do. Do, whose emblem is an iron rhombus named alive , is supposed to intervene during funerals and agrarian rites. The masks made of leaves are made by the villagers, only ...


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Mask Bwa/ Mossi Hombo
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Tribal art > African mask > Bwa Mask

This imposing mask linked to the blacksmiths' society hombo has a rectangular mouth representing the forge. The right nose evokes the Peul woman, and the horns evoke the qualities associated with the bush antelope. Among the Mossi, a mask named wan-balinga takes up some of these features, including the goatee, symbolizing a mythical-bearded woman, mother of the first Mossi king. Ancient traces of polychromy. Height on a base: 75 cm.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently pick 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 ...


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Mossi or Bwa stool
Tribal art > African Chair > Mossi Kruk

Very low to allow women to be at the height of the fire to prepare meals, this stool has a curved rectangular seat, luster by use. Supported by four massive feet, it is adorned with a head and the posterior face of a body sculpted under the seat. Fault on one foot that does not threaten the stability of the object. Golden brown patina.
The Upper Volta, Burkina Faso since independence, is composed of the descendants of the invaders, horsemen who came from Ghana in the 15th century, named Nakomse, and Tengabibisi, descendants of the natives. Political power is in the hands of the Nakomsé, who assert their power through statues, while priests and religious leaders come from the Tengabisi, who use masks during their ceremonies. Animists, the Mossi worship a god who created Wendé. Each ...


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Bwa Gurunsi vertical plank zoomorphic mask
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Tribal art > African mask > Bwa mask

The Bwa would have borrowed from the Gurunsi (Nunuma, Nuni, etc.) this type of mask topped with a plank, embodying the spirits of the bush associated with the founding myths of the different clans. Decorated with a network of geometric patterns, the X of which takes up the scarification inscribed on the insiders' forehead, we can distinguish on this mask ancient traces of polychromy. Always carved in a particularly dense wood, this mask required athletic qualities on the part of the dancer in order to manage to carry it in balance while performing acrobatic feats during funerals or agrarian parties. Abrasions, very slight cracks, kaolin residue.
The African art sculptures of Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements ...

Nawantante Bwa Vertical Blade Mask
Tribal art > African mask > Bwa mask

This African Bwa mask is topped with a plank and a male figure carved in round-bump. Decorative engravings adjoin with a hooked beak evoking the bird. According to Gabriel Massa and Chantal Dewé, the concentric circles symbolize the original sacred wells, the triangles the footprints of the antelopes, and the curved hooks the calao, an animal associated with divination. Dry and abraded matte patina.
The African art sculptures of the Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently pick 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. It is therefore during ...


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