Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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water buffalo mask
  • unknown Bobo maker
  • water buffalo mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Koudougou region, Upper Volta (present-day Burkina Faso)
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 65 x 18 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 9/16 x 7 1/16 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2887
Label Text

The mask depicts the head of a water buffalo, with two horns curling back. The horns are striped with red, white and black. The pointed ears, behind the horns, are black. The eyes are black circles with concentric rings of red white and black. The face and snout are covered with white pigment, but decorated with raised diamonds and "V's" in red and black. There is a band of black chevrons along the sides of the face and snout.