Evolution-Standing Female Attendant, Bwa Bobo Mask
Mineral-based composite, mineral pigments, stainless steel
88 x 50 x 195 cm
The dignified and graceful posture of the painted figurines from the Tang Dynasty reflects the Tang Dynasty’s powerful and open society. The court lady wears a West African Bwa ethnic mask. After being masked, the figure presents an indescribable sense of wonder and future. The geometric character of the Bobo-Bwa mask, center of attraction, symbolizes the Sun in the Bwa ethnicity. Such masks were worn during tribal farming celebrations by dancers, who would performed around campfires at night to praise and celebrate the harvest of a year.