Bobo Molo Style Face Mask 39.5″ – Burkina Faso – African Art



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This mask was carved in the style of a Molo mask from the Bobo people of Burkina Faso. This mask depicts a face with two large horns on top. There are reptile figures carved on the face and a small figure sitting on top of the head between the horns. The mask measures 39.5 inches tall and weighs 10 pounds. There is some cracking and wear and tear – please inspect photos. Stand not included.

Type of Object

Face Mask

Country of Origin

Burkina Faso




Wood, Pigment

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Weight (Pounds)

10 lbs

Overall Condition

Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.


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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.