Africa

Traditional Bobo mask

Q:  I’d appreciate any information on this mask. I bought it at an estate sale several years ago. It is very light wood and the paint seems to be original. Could it be part of a totem?  I’ve searched lots of sites with no results.  Mickey, 1157

A:  The Bobo (or Bwa) live in the dry savannah land of central Burkina Faso. Like other people in this area, they seek the help of powerful spirits who live in the wild forests, bush country and rivers surrounding their villages. This mask is traditional in design and its choice of black, white and red. The triangular jaw (or beak) is not seen on the masks of any other culture. We posted a similar Bobo mask on 28/4/2017. B

 

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