Bobo mask

Bobo people – Burkina Faso – 19th Century – Wood
58 cm


Claus Schmidt – Luprian, Germany

Stefan Herzong, Germany



Eloquent Silence, Archaic Animist Cultures. 2015



Bobo people of eastern Burkina Faso have created large masks with an elongated face under a rounded skull and a pair of horns that symbolize an animal or spirit and are worn during ceremonies associated with the new harvest, initiations and funerals.

Combining human and zoomorphic features, this mask evokes the spirit of the animal that saved the founding ancestor of the clan and embodies, in allegorical form, Dwo, son of the creator Wuro.

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