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Height: 52 Centimeters
Early – Mid 20th Century
Highly stylized crest mask zoomorphic buffalo form bird motif geometric designs polychrome finished aged surface
US East Coast - Estimated $20.00
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CONDITION Wood deterioration, chips and scrapes, worn areas, age cracks, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items.
The Bobo are a Mande speaking people related linguistic4 and culturally to their neighbors to the northwest, the Bamana and Minianka. In the literature on African art they are ofien called the Bobo-Fing, but they call themselves Bobo.
They number about 130,000 and live in Burkina Faso and Mali. They are farmers (seseme, sing. sasama), and in fact to be Bobo is to be a farmer. The major food crops are red sorghum, and pearl millet, which are the ancient crops of the traditional Bobo farmer as well asyams, and maize. They grow cotton and peanuts as cash crops. Their largest community is Bobo-Dioulasso, the second city of Burkina Faso, and smaller important communities include Fo, and Kouka in Burkina and Boura in Mali. The Bobo live in compact concentrated village communities of puddled adobe houses. Although they traditionally lived in two storey houses, with the upper floor reserved for the patriarch, few such houses remain as a result of the destruction of many Bobo communities by French artillery directed by Senegalese mercenaries in 1914 during the Bobo uprising against conscription into the French army. Like other peoples in Burkina Faso, the Bobo are allergic to centralized political authority, and all decisions were made on behalf of the community by councils of community elders. The Bobo creator god is Ruro, who formed the world from a ball of mud. He left behind his three sons, Kwere, Soxo and Dwo, of whom Dwo is represented by masks of both leaves and wood. The principal function of masks is in the context of men's initiation. In the southern Bobo area masks also appear at funerals.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly
influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see
why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional
object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent
tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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Gothamgallery Fine African Art - Burkina Faso Bobo Buffalo Tribal Mask: $138