Bwa Spirit Mask, African Tribal Creations, Art, Plank Bobo-ule Mali Circle Wood For Sale

AnAfrican Tribal Creations sale!!!

This sale is for a Bwa forest spirit mask. Similar to the Bobo in both their agrarian society, and in their style of mask production, the Bwa are a moderately sized group of people stretching through parts of Burkina Faso and Mali. They exist in something of a caste system, dilineated into three primary male professions; the farmers, the blacksmiths, and the artists. These masks are the products of the latter caste. The majority of Bwa masks are what are considere 'plank masks'; masks that are often rather large and flat, often extending laterally, or vertically, or taking a circular form. They are, for the most part, rendered in abstract. Each mask produced by the Bwa people is representative of a spirit of the wilderness encountered by a family elder. An effigy of this spirit is then produced in the form of a mask for the purpose of protection for that elder's family.

This beautiful circular spirit mask features a common Bwa theme of alternating geometric patterning, pigmented with traditional colors of red, black, and white. The spirits features are carved in a traditional form, abstract, but vaguely anthropomorphic. This simplistic round style is reasonably common, and well documented in the pantheon of Bwa masks. It is relatively small for a Bwa mask, but not necessarily small relative to other masks. On the rear facade is a tie-on area where the wearer's face would be secured to the mask via cordage. It displays normal age related markings, including minor dents, scratches, age cracking, etc, which should be considered normal. Some of the pigment has been worn with time, but it stills shows quite strong. This is a beautiful piece that will make a bold statement in any collection.

Dimensions of this piece are 12" x 17.5" x 2.5", and it weighs in at roughly two and a half pounds.

Stand not included.

Medium: Wood, Pigment



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Payment is expected within 3 days of sale close. Unless other arrangements are made, negative response will be assessed in the event of non payment.
This is a beautiful piece of art! It would be a great compliment to any decor, or private collection!
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Ships insured, and with delivery confirmation so you can track your purchase to your door! Be advised that in the event that a piece arrives broken, USPS will require you to surrender it to them in order to claim a refund. Shipping price is for the CONTINENTAL US. If you are in Alaska or Hawaii, please contact for a shipping rate, or you will be billed for your rate at sale end! Thank you!
We will ship internationally, but please contact for a shipping quote. We cannot be held responsible for customs hold ups! We will do our best, but at the end of the day, we can't offer an absolute international guarantee. Thanks for understanding!
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