Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : African & Tribal Art : African Sculptures : Bobo Wooden Sculpture of a Crocodile
Click to view original image.
Bobo Wooden Sculpture of a Crocodile - PF.4623
Origin: Western Burkina Faso/Mali
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 32" (81.3cm) high x 4.75" (12.1cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood

Location: United States
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Photo Gallery
Click photo to change image.
Print image
Click photo to change image.
Print image
The Bobo live in the savanna region of Mali, streching into western Burkina Faso. At the end of the dry season, before cultivation begins, a purification ceremony takes place using masks in the form of animals representing the protective spirits of the village. Other objects are also made in the shape of animals, such as this handsome crocodile. The belief that wood or stone can contain a spirit, particularly after it has been worked into an art form, elevates a sculpture from pure aesthetics into the realm of religion. The sculptor who created this crocodile devoted his skills not only to produce something pleasing to the eye, but also an item that is functional. This crocodile was probably used as a doorlock handle, which explains the hollowed out section at the back. It is finely crafted with considerable realism. The body is composed of lovely curves which effortlessly encompass the legs. There is a strong feeling of dignity and invincibility given to this crocodile. It stands as a reminder of the formidable aspect of nature; as well as nature's mysterious beauty. - (PF.4623)


Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2023 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting