The Collection at the BMA

Medium: wood, pigment

Female Figure

Mask

Helmet mask with janus face on helmet, surmounted by equestrian figure hunter/warrior figure positioned on circular platform.

Epa Mask

Funerary Post (Kikango)

Mask

Male Figure

Face Mask (maa go)

Deformity Mask (Mbangu)

  • Pende people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, African
  • wood, pigment

Mask

  • Ndaka people, Democratic Republic of the Congo, African
  • wood, pigment
Helmet mask composed of long plank, heavy, hemispherical brow ridge, and tall, vertical, jointed horns. Small square eyes just below brow ridge on either side of the nose are pierced through the plank. Plank divided vertically by raised ridge extending from nose to raised umbilicus, located in bottom third of mask. No mouth is evident. Mask bears traces of symmetrical geometric patterns in red, black and white pigments.

A sacred mask owned and worn solely by blacksmiths among the Bobo people; associated with the cult of Dwo.

Helmet Mask (molo)

  • Bobo people, Burkina Faso (northern Bobo region of Tanguna), African
  • wood, pigment