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Bobo hem mask (N° 12670)

A variant of the African mask Newenka of the Bobo Fing, also borrowing features of the mask kelled , it is characterized by a cephalomorphic helmet whose stylized crest ends in two panels. This type of mask was worn exclusively by members of the blacksmith caste, during mourning ceremonies, to accompany the deceased to his ultimate residence, the volta. By the time the mask's eyes were hollowed out, always starting with the left eye, the spiritual incarnation, the guardian spirit of the Do, came to life in the room. The top of the mask, crescent, would represent the flight of a bird. The Do mask linked to the cult of blacksmiths is a structure composed of only plant fibres, without a wood structure. (S. Diakonoff, the Soul of Africa)Satin dark patina. The Mandingo people, most of whom live in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern Mali, the culture of Bobo Fing is similar to that of the Bambara. They are organized in led by elders' councils. In each village altars are erected under the authority of the blacksmiths, priests of the cult of Dwo, but the Bobo also worship secondary spirits and those of the ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make fibre-leaf masks that they will wear at ceremonies to establish a relationship with the spiritual world.  

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Originex-collection Lagarde
EthnyBobo
Countryburkina faso
Material(s)wood
Height56
Width30
Weight1.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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