Bobo Tere Mask

Tere Mask
Bobo Tere Mask

Artist: Unknown Bobo artist

Name: Tere (tair-uh) mask

Origin: Bobo people of Burkina Faso

Made of: Fiber (kenaf?), pigment

Dimensions: H:45” (115cm); W: 10” (25.5cm); x 5” (13cm)

From: Gift of Hans and Thelma Lehmann, 1983

Accession no. 1983-01-007

On display in PLU’s Mortvedt Library (2nd floor)

Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso

Description: A fiber mask made from pale red, black, and undyed fibers. The woven head of the mask includes horizontal designs of braiding, two “eyes” with one on either side, and tufts of fiber forming a crest along the top. Long plaited and loose strands are affixed to the head of the mask and hang down in a thick curtain, with loose fibers in the front and a large tasseled braid of undyed fiber down the back.