This mask was carved in the style of the Bobo people of Burking Faso. The mask was carved in the shape of a bull and was painted with geometric patterns on the face, something the Bobo are known for. It measures 32 inches tall and weighs 7.5 pounds. The tip of the right horn has some exposed wood and there is some minor cracking, scuffing and wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos. Stand not included but one can be added for an additional charge.
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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.