In Central Africa, many utilitarian objects were carved with anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features. That is the case for this Bobo bellows which would have been used to manufacture weapons and tools of all kinds. Now, this object is a beautiful piece of artwork. There is a crack on one side and wear and tear throughout. Please inspect photos carefully.
Bobo Anthropomorphic Bellows 26″ – Burkina Faso – African Art
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Wood, pigment, fiber, metal, leather
Crack on side. Imperfections and wear and tear.
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.