Bobo Bird African Mask w/ Stand 27″ – Burkina Faso



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This mask was carved in the style of the Bobo people of Burkina Faso. The mask features a bird face with a square beak and long hanging raffia. It measures 14 inches tall and 27 inches on its custom stand and weighs 6 pounds. There is some cracking to the top which could be a possible previous repair and some scrapes and scuffs. Please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Mask and custom stand

Country of Origin

Burkina Faso





Wood, Pigment, Raffia

Approximate Age


Height (Inches)

14" mask & 27" w/ stand

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

4.5 lbs mask & 6 lbs w/ stand

Overall Condition

Crack to top – possible previous repair; scrapes and scuffs – please inspect photos.


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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.