BOBO/BWA PLANK MASK with BEAK 43"TALL

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 15, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
BWA
BURKINO FASO
PLANK MASK
C. 1960
43 " TALL X 10" ACROSS THE CULTURES THAT INHABIT THE DRY SAVANNA OF BURKINA FARSO, THE BOBO,
THE BWA, THE GURUNSI AND THEIR RELATED TRIBES, HAVE ALL OVER THE CENTURIES DEVELOPED RITUALS THAT REVOLVE AROUND MASK THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY USED TO INVOKE THE VARIOUS ANCESTORS TO PROTECT AND PROVIDE, IN THE PROVISION BEING MAINLY RAIN AND ITS CELEBRATION MARKING THE NEW GROWING SEASON. IN THIS TRADITION, CONFUSION HAS ALWAYS REIGNED OVER THE ATTRIBUTION OF MASKS BELONGING TO A BROAD CATEGORY FROM THESE GROUPS. OF THE THREE BROAD
CATEGORIES OF THESE MASK AS DESCRIBED IN :"TRADITIONAL SCULPTURE FROM UPPER VOLTA" (AFRICAN AMERICAN INSTITUTE, 1978)
THE SECOND CATEGORY MAY BE DESCRIBED AS THE "'PLANK' MASKS BECAUSE OF
THE VERTICAL SUPERSTRUCTURE MOUNTED ON A FLAT DISC LIKE OR ANIMAL FORM HEAD....THE 'PLANKS' ARE DECORATED WITH CIRCLES, TRIANGLES, ZIG-ZAGS AND CHECKERBOARDS AND MAY BE ADORNED WITH ADDITIONAL THREE DIMENSIONAL HUMAN FIGURES OR BEAK LIKE PROTRUSIONS".
The Bwa historically has been under constant attack by outsiders who tried to take advantage of their independently organised villages. In this way the Bwa lands in Mali were occupied by the Bamana empire (Segou) when they came to power. The invaders forced taxation upon the Bwa and raided the unconquered
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