Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Bobo peoples
  • mask, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Burkina Faso?
  • wood, staining, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 89 x 32 x 28.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 1/16 x 12 5/8 x 11 1/4 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2879

The helmet style mask depicts a human head with a panel that sits behind the wearer's back. The head as a whole is shortened, with very little forehead. The eyebrows are indicated with carved diagonal lines and the eyes have ridges across them. The cheeks are also prominent with a horizontal ridge across each, but the nose is small and straight. The lips are right above the bottom edge of the helmet portion. There are small holes above the bottom edge. The back panel is decorated with a light colored vertical line with two pair of triangles on either side. Two long hair-like extensions extend from the top of the head to the bottom of the back panel.