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Bobo Fing mask (N° 17712)

African mask flanked by a transverse crest, all decorated with triangular motifs symbolizing magic amulets. These masks are repainted with each new dance season. Common characteristics are to be noted with certain mask-heaumes of the Markha, another Mandingo ethnic group. These heavy masks, usually designed around a helmet with a crest or horned protrusions, were performed during agricultural rituals to restore the balance of the land. Their significance was revealed during the initiation of young boys. The Bobo Fing are a Mandingo people, most of whom live in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern Mali, and 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 that they 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 for entertainment (Bole, sing. bolo).
Desiccation cracks, thick cracked patina.  

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OriginEx-collection belge
EthnyMossi
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height54
Depth32
Width20
Weight2.20 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxxème
Socle inclusOptional

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