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Bobo Mask (N° 25359)

African mask named Molo, or Bolo, with an arched outgrowth at the back. The very geometric face is enhanced with colored bands, the tones of which are echoed on the horn. Matte velvety patina.
This type of masks occurred during agricultural rituals, with the aim of restoring the balance of the earth. Their significance was revealed during the initiation of young boys.
Mandingo people, most of whom live in the east of 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 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 from wood, they also make masks out of fiber sheets which they will wear during ceremonies in order to establish a relationship with the spiritual world.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Height cm52
Depth27 cm
Width18 cm
Weight0.75 Kg
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