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Lot 70165
BOBO, Burkina Faso
Large Mask 

Wood, pigment

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

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70165: BOBO, Burkina Faso Large Mask Wood, pigment B

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Sep 16, 2016
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