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Senufo Firespitter Janus Headcrest Mask 20″ Long – Ivory Coast – African Tribal Art

Original price was: $350.00.Current price is: $140.00.

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This mask was carved in the style of a firespitter from the Senufo people of Ivory Coast. It features a dragon like animal figure on either side of the mask with an open mouth expression. The mask measures 13 inches tall, 20 inches long and weighs 7 pounds. There is some damage to the tips of the ears and cracks and scrapes throughout – please inspect photos. This piece does not come with a stand.

 

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Type of Object

Headcrest

Ethnicity

Senufo

Country of Origin

Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)

Material

Wood, Pigment

Approximate Age

Unknown

Animal

Height (Inches)

13"

Width (Inches)

10.5”

Depth (Inches)

20"

Weight (Pounds)

7 lbs

Overall Condition

Missing tips to ears, cracks

Tribe Information

About the Senufo People

“Scattered across the Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso, the million and a half Senufo tribespeople live principally off the fruits of agriculture and occasionally hunting. They inhabit villages governed by a council of elders, who in turn are led be a chief elected from their number. Tribal cohesion is reinforced through the rituals of the Poro society who initiate and educate the men from the age of seven onwards. Senufo theology is based on Koulotiolo, a powerful god, and Katieleo, a goddess mother, who through the rituals of the Poro society, regenerates the world.
The Senufo were among the first tribal artists to be admired by the Western world. Their artistic output has been prolific – statues and masks characterized by realistic features or highly geometric shapes which emphasize rhythm and the opposition between void and full spaces.”