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Bobo mask (N° 21502)

Ex-collection African art Belgian
A combination of vivid contrasting geometric patterns adorn this janiform African mask. A crested headdress unites the two faces. The painted patterns symbolize the magic amulets of the Bobo. The 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 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. 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 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 fiber sheet masks which they will wear during ceremonies to establish a relationship with the spiritual world. The most important of the 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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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyBobo
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height cm31
Width33 cm
Weight2.30 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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