About this object

Nwenke masks (sing. nwenka) are sacred masks carved and used by Bobo blacksmiths initiated to the Sibe association. Bobo masks are typically painted in bright contrasting colours, but the plain condition of this mask suggests that the original pigments may have been removed by a European collector or art dealer in order to make it appeal more to European tastes.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask
  • Culture
    Bobo
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Burkina Faso
  • Date made
    1966 Before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Gallery 43, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    1336 mm x 290 mm x 335 mm
  • Note
    Stockbook: Bobo-Dioulasso Mask. Purchased from Gallery 43, 43 George Street, London, W.1. in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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