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    Bobo (Burkina Faso)
    Kobe (Waterbuck Antelope) Mask
    Wood, pigment
    Height: 31 inches Width: 11 inches Depth: 21 inches

    A similar mask is shown being worn in a photograph by Guy Le Moal (Norman Skougstad. Traditional Sculpture from Upper Volta. New York: The African-American Institute, 1978, p.6 second from right). The accompanying quotation from Le Moal refers to the group as being made by "ironsmiths" and traditionally worn only by them, though today also made for farmers. He notes that, though Bobo masks were primarily used in initiations, "in the case of the ironsmiths' masks, they may also have a role in funerals" (loc. cit). In addition to use abrasions, paint loss, and water stains, the proper left ear is a replacement and there is a considerable old loss area at the proper left rear of the helmet. There is an old cloth patch (1 ½ inches square) on the lower proper right rear of the helmet, the proper left horn is cracked approximately 2 ½ inches from the tip with a chip missing, and some pegged-in teeth are missing from the proper right side.

    Provenance: Gary Hendershott, Little Rock
    TAD Tribal Art and Design (Taylor A. Dale), Sante Fe

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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