The Bobo are an African ethnic group living in Burkina Faso and Mali. Unlike their neighbors Bwa and Mossi who speak Voltaic languages, the Bobo speak a language of Mande origin. In their cosmogony, the myth of creation speaks of blacksmith and farmer, so the Bobo became farmers. At home, the tribal mask is the support of tradition and its meaning was revealed to young boys during their initiation. African masks Bobo are not easily identifiable among the entire artistic production of ethnic Burkina Faso because of their similar style, borrowing and even flights from one ethnic group to another. The Bobo nonetheless use a wide palette for three-dimensional compositions, unlike the neighboring ethnic groups who sculpt two-dimensional masks with geometric patterns.

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