Chameleon Mask, Bobo Fing, Burkina Faso

Regular price $480.00

Bobo Fing people, Burkina Faso: An impressively scaled helmet mask in the form of a Chameleon. Carved wood decorated with black and brown pigmented stain delineating its incised, white kaolin-defined geometric decoration. The lower rim of the hollowed head is incised with holes for the attachment of costume elements. Early/Mid 20th century. The mask, worn at the crown of a crouching dancer's head, would appear to be standing on the dancer's back. The strong geometric patterns, typical of the Bobo Fing, show a naturally aged patina.
This style of masks served to appease spirits of nature. They were used for initiation rituals of young men and for funerals of important people.

Dimensions: 31L x 7H x 7W (inches)

Provenance: From the private collection of a Massachusetts Gentleman.