Bo nun amuin zoomorphic helmet mask

Baulé People20th century

Mudec - Museum of Cultures

Mudec - Museum of Cultures
Milan, Italy

Horned, growling masks like this are kept in sanctuaries deep in the forest and literally embody the nature spirits that dwell there, the bo nun amuin. These masks are greatly feared by everyone. In fact, when they dance to protect villages, they also call women to order by keeping them at home since, according to local belief, seeing the masks could cause a woman to die.


  • Title: Bo nun amuin zoomorphic helmet mask
  • Creator: Baulé People
  • Date Created: 20th century
  • Location Created: Ivory Coast, Bouaké area
  • Physical Dimensions: l 50 cm
  • Type: Mask
  • Rights: Franco and Laura Monti Collection (14) - Museum of Cultures, Milan
  • Medium: Carved wood, pigments
  • Collocazione: On view (room 3)

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more

Flash this QR Code to get the app
Google apps