This is a fabulous Bobo Nuna Crocodile Mask from the Tribal People of Burkina Faso. This unique mask is carved out of a single piece of wood. Animal shaped masks have been identified as the primary sculpted art form of these people. This large crocodile mask attributed to the Nuna was worn on the face with the wearer looking out of the round eyes of the mask. The crocodile is related to the water spirit, guarantor of fertility and prosperity. This crocodile body mask is in a black white check detail including the long tail, legs and prominent snout. They are primarily farmers with an uncomplicated social structure which in the past relied upon male elders to exercise social control. Their religion is based upon magical objects and figures that are kept in village and family shrines. The spirit that inhabits the shrine also is found in masks representing bush spirits. This crocodile mask makes quite a statement! A literally fabulous mask to add to your home or to your collection.
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48 Inches Tall
7 Inches Wide
10 Inches Deep
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Mar 3, 2023
More amazing than expected. What a treasure