Beautiful Bobo Bellows 26″ on Stand – Burkina Faso – African Art



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A beautiful figural bellows created in the style of the Bobo people of Burkina Faso. The piece comes attached to a custom base for easy display and it measures 26 inches tall and weighs 13 pounds. There is some discoloration on the back and some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos.

Type of Object


Country of Origin

Burkina Faso




Wood, pigment and leather

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

25.5" bellow | 26" including base

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

13 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.

Tribe Information

About the Bobo People

“The various tribes living in Burkina Faso (formerly Upper-Volta), Ghana and Togo cultivate millet and cotton, and rear cattle in the northern savannah regions. Their religious activities are dictated by the rhythm of the seasons – during the dry season in particular, when the fields are fallow, large festivals and ceremonies are organized.
The 100,000 Bobo live in eastern Burkina Faso. They are primarily farmers whose lives are regulated by a council of elders. The Bobo cast bronze pendants and carved large masks. The masks symbolize animals or spirits and are worn during ceremonies associated with new crops, initiations and funerals.”

Baquart, Jean-Baptiste. The Tribal Arts of Africa. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc. 1998. Print.