Bobo Nwenka African Mask w/ Stand 36″ – Burkina Faso



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This beautiful Bobo Nwenka style mask from Burkina Faso features gorgeous checkered patterns and a hand carved star figure in the center of its crest. The mask also has a bird figure erected from in between the eyes. The mask stands 34 inches tall and 36 inches tall on its custom stand and weighs 7.5 pounds. There are some imperfections and the bird figure is a bit loose. Please inspect photos.

Type of Object

Mask and Stand

Country of Origin

Burkina Faso




Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age



Height (Inches)

34" mask | 36" w/ stand

Width (Inches)


Depth (Inches)


Weight (Pounds)

5.5 lbs mask | 7.5 lbs w/ stand

Overall Condition

Scrapes, scuffs, and imperfections – bird is loose.


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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.