Mask - Wood - Molo - Bobo - Burkina Faso

Description
Mask - Wood - Molo - Bobo - Burkina Faso
2nd half 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

Great helmet mask with great expression.

These helmet masks are still worn at harvest rituals, initiation rites for men and funerals. They are only made by blacksmiths, because only they have the secret knowledge and ability to force the spirit realm into the mask.

The mask has clearly been exposed to insects. On the left is a crack which has been filled on the site. The patina shows that the mask has ‘lived’ for many years.

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Molo
Ethnic group/ culture
Bobo
Region/ country
Burkina Faso
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
73×23×40.5 cm
Weight
7.9 kg
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