Bobo Molo Style Mask 28.5″ – 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. Molo masks are the most sacred of masks used by the Bobo. They are used during cult initiation ceremonies. This particular mask measures 28.5 inches tall and weighs 7 pounds. There is a chunk of wood missing from behind the chin along with some cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.

Type of Object

Mask

Country of Origin

Burkina Faso

Ethnicity

Bobo

Animal

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Height (Inches)

28.5"

Width (Inches)

8.5"

Depth (Inches)

9"

Weight (Pounds)

7 lbs

Overall Condition

Chunk of wood missing behind chin. Cracking and wear and tear.

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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.”

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