Hombo Mask - Bwa People, Burkina Faso
Hombo Mask - Bwa People, Burkina Faso
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Hombo Mask - Bwa People, Burkina Faso

$1,200.00
Title: Hombo Mask
Material: Wood and pigment
People: Bwa
Country: Burkina Faso

Description: There is a segment of the Bwa Society called the Kaani, who makes up the endogamous blacksmith caste. The Kaani society of the smiths offer sacrifices to the 'Hombo' spirit that protects them. This spirit is represented in the 'Kobiay' mask, which is a rooster with a very large rounded crest atop its head.
The smiths of the Didiro clan, in Hounde, first encountered the Hombo spirit when they were forced to flee their home village. Escaping, they were trapped at the edged of a swamp where they came across the swamp spirit named 'Hombo.' The spirit allowed them to cross but destroyed their pursuers. In annual celebrations to commemorate this event, the Kobiay masks are performed within the smith's neighborhood.

Dimensions: 12 1/4"H x 9"W x 9"D
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