Bobo Bird Mask from Burkina Faso 23.75″ – African Tribal Art



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This mask was created in the style of the Bobo people of Burkina Faso. This beautiful Bobo bird mask features red, white and black pigmentation and has been decorated with geometric designs. It measures 23.75 inches tall and weighs 3.5 pounds. There is some imperfections including cracks, scrapes and scuffs – please see photos. Stand is not included.

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Type of Object


Country of Origin

Burkina Faso





Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age


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Weight (Pounds)

3.5 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scrapes and scuffs.

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.