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Bobo Ram Mask Large Burkina Faso African Art

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Title Bobo Ram Mask Large Burkina Faso Africa
Type of Object Ram Mask
Country of Origin Burkina Faso
People Bobo
Materials Wood, paint / pigment, stud
Approximate Age mid 20th century
Dimensions 20 inches L. x 16 inches W. x 12 inches D.
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair scratches, chips, encrustation and paint worn away in places, shallow cracks

Additional Information: A wonderful Bobo Ram mask!
The strong  horns  and the use of colors identify this mask with the ram type rarely found among the Bobo. This mask shows evidences of use and good age!

In the southwest region of Burkina Faso, numerous smaller groups of farming peoples have often been identified collectively as the Gurunsi. Included in this style region are the Nuna, Nunuma and Lela among others sharing certain common elements of culture and language. This type is commonly found among these groups as well as among the Bwa. Even the Bozo from Mali  have produced ram's head mask. These peoples are primarily farmers with a none centralized social structure, which in the past has relied upon male elders to exercise social control. Their religion relies upon magical objects and figures that are kept in village and family shrines. Large stylized ram masks is often seen on their masquerade where they symbolize power, strength, and endurance. Their frenetic dances confirm these qualities. They perform in various ceremonies: funerals, initiations, harvest festivals and so forth. he Bobo, of Burkina Faso and, to a lesser extent, Mali, are an agrarian people.  Masks are of great importance to them, because they believe that ""masks have the essential function of erasing evil and reinstating the God-given balance between sun, earth, and rain". The Bobo believe that the mask is sacred, and that the wearer erases himself and thus can enact the sacred qualities of the mask.


Recommended Reading:

Roy, C., The Art of the Upper Volta Rivers, 1987.

Christopher D. Roy, Thomas G.B.Wheelock, Land ofthe Flying Masks. ART AND CULTURE IN BURKINA FASO. THE THOMAS G.B. Wheelock COLLECTION, 2007


I have examined this piece and agree with the description.
Niangi batulukisi, PhD.