We are not exactly sure as to the origins of this mask but believe it was carved in the style of the Bobo people of Burking Faso. There is a small monkey sitting on top. The mask measures 26 inches tall and weighs 9 pounds. There is some minor cracking, scuffing and wear and tear – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
Bobo Style Mask w Superstructure 26″ – Burking Faso – African Art
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Some cracking, scuffing and general wear and tear throughout.
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.