Bobo mask with beak and horns

Q:  I bought this rather large masks at a flea market where an African man was selling several masks from his van.  It is around two feet long.  I paid fifty dollars for it, but now am wondering if I made a smart purchase or not.  Any opinions?  Fred, 1363

A:  This is a reproduction of mask that the Bobo people of Burkina Fasso made for sale to exporters or tourists. It has been artificially aged and is recently made. Fifty dollars is a fair price. My knowledge of West African traditional art is limited so I can’t explain why it would combine the features of an antelope and a bird. Perhaps one of our African mask collectors can explain this. Sorry about the blurry photography.  C


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