|Q: I hope that you find interest in this discovery of mine from eBay. It measures 14″ high x 7″ wide. I think I paid about $30 for it. I haven’t seen a hand held African owl mask before. This one is rather beat up, and as usual there is no history for it. Fred, 1145
A: I’ve seen owl masks from a lot of places in West and Central (DRC) Africa. I’ve also seen a few masks with handles, but not the two in combination like this one. I hope a reader will help with a comment. I’ll make a wild guess and say it’s from the Bobo of Burkina Faso, which is where the previous mask was made. I like the simple design of the owl’s face, but am a little disappointed in how quickly the mask was carved. Still, it should stand out nicely in your collection.