Blacksmith's Mask (hombo)Your model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
Northern Bwa artist, around the city of Dedougou, Burkina Faso (Africa)
Gift from Dwight B. and Anna Cooper Heath in memory of their son David, 2017.266
Purchased from an itinerant African dealer prior to 2012
Masks define the character of a Bwa masquerade rather than the body costume, since similar costumes are worn with all masks. This mask represents hombo, a spirit associated with Bwa blacksmiths. However, it is often identified as a rooster (kobiay) – a sacrificial animal that facilitates communication with the spirit world.