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michael cichon tribal arts
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Bradenton, FL 34281
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A fine Bobo zoomorphic mask
Of unusual form consisting of an antelope head as the helmet portion of the mask, and a small, fully-realized antelope hovering above as the headpiece superstructure. Bobo blacksmiths carve and wear a variety of animal masks during funerals, initiation ceremonies, or during planting and harvesting times in the village. This example is quite old as evidenced by the heavy, hard wood it is made from, as well as the shiny, deep brown surface visible on the central shaft connecting the animal forms, and on the interior of the mask which covered the dancer's head and face. Organic paints were applied in geometric patterns of black, white and red, typical of the color-scheme of the art from Burkina Faso; a magenta tone of applied aniline dye(?) lends the mask a somewhat informal appearance. It is in fine, intact condition, showing ample signs of use. The mask measures 40.25"H x 16"D x 8.50"W. Early-mid 20th century.


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