This Bobo Mask from Burkina Faso was brought across to Morocco by traders.
There are a treasure trove of African goods in Morocco, and it is an amazing experience to forage in these stores to find some good treasures.
The Bobo Masks are sometimes called Owl Masks, Sun Masks or even Rain Masks, depending on who you talk to. The Bobo people live in the east of Burkina Faso and Mali. They are an agricultural people and grow crops such as sorghum and yams.
Masks of the World say that the Bobo carve masks from wood to symbolise animals or spirits of the bush. The Masks have a small handle at the bottom and they are held over the face during ceremonies associated with new crops, initiations and funerals.
This mask measures 52cm high and 50cm wide and has a loop in the back so it can be easily hung on the wall.
The Bobo Mask is a new item for Metroscope and we brought two back with us from our last buying trip. We like them so much that one of them is now on our lounge room wall. So there is one left for sale.
What is certain is that the Bobo Mask makes a delightful feature on your wall.