Details

Title

Horned Mask

Artist/Maker

Bobo Artist, Burkina Faso

Date

Twentieth century

Medium

Wood

Dimensions

33 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 10 inches

Credit

Fred and Rita Richman Collection

Accession #

72.40.113

On View

Currently not on view

The Bobo people of Burkina Faso have a rich masquerade tradition. Masks are made of leaves, fiber, cloth, and wood. They take diverse forms and serve diverse functions both sacred and secular. In this wood mask curved horns sweep above a large helmet. A vertical ridge bisects its darkened forehead, square eye holes pierce its square-shaped, compressed face, and a square tongue juts from its wide mouth. Traces of blue pigment suggest that it was once brightly painted. When this massive headdress appeared in performance in full costume, it would have appeared awe-inspiring and otherworldly.

Browse Related Artwork