TRIBAL AFRICAN ART

BOA (BABOA, ABABUA, ABABWA)

The Boa tribe comprises 200,000 savanna-dwelling people living in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Each village is headed by a chief from the most prestigious clan. The Boa are mainly farmers and are in frequent contact with Mangbetu and Zande. The Boa are known principally for their masks, believed to be used in war-related ceremonies, to enhance the warrior's courage or to celebrate victories. These masks have set apart, prominent, round ears, suggesting alertness, and are covered alternately with dark and light pigments. The Boa also carve statues with apotropaic functions. They also produce harps with human heads carved at the neck.

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