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Ram Mask (Bolo)

Ram Mask (Bolo)

possibly early 1900s

Wood

René and Odette Delenne Collection, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 2016.56

Fun Fact

The ram is an important animal symbol for the Bobo people, associated with male aggression.

Description

Bolo masks are primarily danced for entertainment during communal occasions like funerals, male initiations, and harvest celebrations. Comprising both animal and human features, the mask––always worn by a male dancer––refers to the cultural significance of the ram, an animal associated with male aggression across sub-Saharan Africa.

See also
Collection: 
African Art
Department: 
African Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Wood

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