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Bobo anthropozoomorphic statue of Mali (N° 17086)

Wanted to Wuro, creator of the land and animals, his son Dwo remained to help the men incarnated in the masks, this statue adopts the headdress of the Bobo of Mali on a face- extended with a toothed beak perhaps evoking the calao. The whole thing forms a supernatural being leaning on an ancestor cane. The grooves on the surface would refer to the leaf or fiber costumes worn by masked dancers. Remains of clay libations form dandruff deposits on matte wood. Cracks, abrasions. br /
Mandingosu, most of which lives in eastern Burkina Faso, but also in southern Mali, the bobo Fing 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 the blacksmiths, priests of the cult of Dwo, but the Bobo also worship secondary spirits and those of ancestors. In addition to objects carved from wood, they also make masks out of fiber leaves that they will wear during ceremonies in order to establish a relationship with the spiritual world. Litt. :"Cheval and Black African Cavlier" G.Massa, " Black African Tribal Art" J.B. Bacquart.  

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Originrécoltée in-situ 1983
Weight6.20 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°

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