According to Bobo beliefs, the god Wuro created the world and then appointed his son, Dwo, assist humanity. All Bobo masks serve as a means of contact between human beings and these deities; some represent the deities themselves while others, called bolo masks, depict animals and people. Bolo masks such as this one are usually danced for entertainment.
- Culture: Bobo
- Medium: Wood, pigment, fiber
- Place Made: Taguna region, Burkina Faso
- Dates: late 19th century
- Dimensions: 30 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (76.2 x 19.1 x 19.1 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 58.184
- Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Schindler
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Bobo. Bolo Mask, late 19th century. Wood, pigment, fiber, 30 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (76.2 x 19.1 x 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Schindler, 58.184. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Wood mask, features rather stylistically carved with protruding mouth and eyes, long straight nose, two horns on top of head. Entire front surface covered with fine geometric incised designs. Remains of pinkish substance on facial surface. Black fiber mantle sewn around bottom of mask.
- Record Completeness: Best (87%)