Bobo Tribe Mask ~22.8" Tall (New 2024) - West African Artifacts

African Angel ArtsSKU: AA03014

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Description

Dimensions: H:22.8" W:1.2" L:21.7" Weight: 4.6 lbs.

Bobo Tribe Mask

These masks from the Bobo Tribe, primarily residing in Burkina Faso and Mali have been crafted from wood and painted with natural pigments, feature bold, geometric patterns and abstract designs. They are typically used in traditional ceremonies, dances, and rituals aimed at honoring ancestors, invoking protective spirits, and ensuring successful agricultural cycles. The masks are not just artistic expressions but are imbued with deep symbolic meanings and are integral to the social and religious fabric of Bobo society.

About the Tribe

Bobo people are a distinct African tribe who live in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. The Bobo people speak a Niger-Congo language belonging to the Gur branch. They are noted for their masks, which are worn with elaborate costumes during celebrations. The Bobo culture's fundamental purpose is to restore nature's balance, which man has inadvertently destroyed. The Bobo believe they can restore order through sacrifices and ceremonies.

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