The Bobo Sun mask is a type of African mask worn by the Bobo people of Burkina Faso during their
annual Bwa ceremony. The Bwa ceremony is a period of time where the communities religious
leaders gather to meditate, heal, and connect with the spiritual realm. The Bobo Sun is also known
as the Wanzega mask, which symbolizes the sun, and its vital energies.
The Bobo Sun masks are made from wood or metal, and they often have a glossy or polished
texture. The masks feature a round, convex shape that represents the sun with facial features
including pointed eyes, a flat nose, and a small mouth. The design of the mask also includes
protruding corkscrew-shaped elements that represent rays of sunlight extending from the centre of
the suns face. The rays of the sun are said to represent spirits or ancestors, and they serve as a
conduit between the natural world and the spiritual realm.
The colours of the Bobo Sun masks are typically bright and vibrant, ranging from deep reds and
oranges to bright yellows and greens. The colours represent the suns life-giving energy and are
essential to the mystical healing and rejuvenation of the communities spiritual leaders. The masks
are also adorned with small metal or wood accents such as beads, shells, or feathers that serve to
enhance the masks beauty and sacred symbolism.
During the Bwa ceremony, the Bobo Sun masks are worn by male members of the community, who
dance and perform ritual movements to activate the suns energy. The wearing of the mask allows
the wearer to become a vessel for the suns energy, which is said to bring about healing, wisdom,
and spiritual cleansing. The Bobo Sun mask is an essential part of the Bobo peoples cultural
heritage, and it serves as a powerful symbol of their connection to the natural world and spiritual
These giraffes are individually handmade by our talented Zimbabwean artist in South Africa especially for Africanologie. They are available in White, Gold/Brown, Multi Colour and a Coloured Stripe.
XS - 12 cm high
S - 30cm high
M - 60cm high
L - 90cm high
Created by Lucky, South Africa
If out of stock on website, please call the store on +61 493 538 649 to order.
Sourced from Kenya these traditional grain stomper posts are available in natural or with painted white bands. They can be used to either hold plants or placed upside down, used as a side table or stool.
S - 40-44cm
M - 45-49cm
L - 50-60cm
Makenge baskets are traditional handwoven baskets from Zambia. They are created using a
particular type of vine called the makenge (or Mbengi) vine, which grows abundantly in the region.
The vines are harvested, then the bark is peeled and boiled to soften it. This makes it pliable, easy to
handle, and less likely to break during the weaving process.
The baskets themselves come in many different shapes, sizes, and designs. They are often colorful,
with elaborate patterns that reflect the local culture and traditions. Some baskets are large and
sturdy enough to hold heavy items like firewood, while others are delicate and decorative, meant to
be displayed on a shelf or hung on a wall.
Makenge baskets are typically woven by women in rural communities, who pass down the skill from
generation to generation. The weaving process is time-consuming and intricate, requiring skill,
patience, and attention to detail. Women must take care to create consistent tension in the vine as
they weave, and to ensure that the pattern is executed flawlessly.
Aside from their aesthetic appeal, makenge baskets have practical uses for everyday life in Zambia.
They can be used to transport food, water, and other goods, or to store items in the home. They are
also sold as souvenirs and handicrafts, providing income for local artisans and contributing to the
Overall, makenge baskets are a beautiful and important part of Zambian culture. They showcase the
creativity and craftsmanship of local women, and provide both functional and decorative benefits to
those who use and admire them.Flat is less than 5cm high
Deep is more than 5cm high
These chairs were originally designed as thrones for the Nigerian Yoruba Kings and Queens.
They are handcrafted by attaching thousands of tiny glass beads to canvas fabric in beautiful shapes and designs. The fabric is then attached to the chair frame. Each chair is a truly a unique work of art and they surprisingly comfortable too.