BOBO, Burkina Faso
Blacksmiths among the Bobo utilize masks in a number of ritual contexts known as Dwo, and dance with specific mask-types that function in the context of several ritual groups. This mask is likely of a type known as Nwenka; one of the two sacred masks types used exclusively by smiths. The large superstructure which may represent stacked hornbill beaks, is characteristic of the mask-type and though aberrant (the superstructure is usually frontally oriented rather than sagital), the mask is typical of the form with a long trapezoidal face and low mouth.
Height: 33 inches