Bobo Tribe of Burkina Faso Warthog Mask


This traditional warthog mask from the Bobo, or Bwa, people of Burkina Faso is one of the wooden masks that represent bush spirits. Bush spirits are invoked to recount ancestral memories of the clan, and to protect the present day community.

The Bobo economy depends on agriculture. Before new crops are planted, purification ceremonies take place that erase evil and prepare the earth for a fruitful harvest. When used in ceremonies, each bush spirit is performed in a stylized manner that represents the behavior and character of the animal portrayed. The warthog darts rapidly around the staged area, scurrying through clouds of dust raised by its dance.

This mid 20th century mask is 14 inches long, 7 to 8 inches wide, and 5.5 to 8 inches deep.

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