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Bobo Mask (N° 25589)

This old mask, similar to the Karan Wemba Mossi, offers a face contoured by a large frieze; a bust figure at the top reproduces its appearance.
The African art sculptures of Bobo, Bwa, Kurumba and Mossi, living in Burkina Faso, frequently take up and combine stylized elements borrowed from men, animals or even insects. It is the spirits of nature who are believed to determine an individual's well-being and prosperity, and adversity will be seen as the result of neglect of collective rites. Grainy matt patina.
These heavy masks were performed during agricultural rituals to restore balance to the earth. Their meaning was revealed during the initiation of young boys. A Mandingo people, the majority of whom live in the east of Burkina Faso, but also in the south of Mali, the culture of the Bobo Fing is close to that of the Bambara. 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 of entertainment (Bole, sing. bolo).  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood, textile, cauris
Height cm61
Width20 cm
Weight1.80 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle inclusOptional

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