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Firespitter Senufo Janus Helmet

$4,800 SGD

 Materials: Wood

  • Height: 17.5 inches
  • Width: 27 inches
  • Depth: 12 inches

This is a remarkable and fabulous Senufo Wanyugo Fire Spitter Mask with a carved bird on each side, as well as a Goli mask on top and one on each side,from the people in the Cote d'Ivoire. This Senufo Wanyugo Fire Spitter Mask has performers dance around the cadaver at funerals of important male and female elders of the powerful Poro society, an association found among the Senufo people in Côte d’Ivoire. “They beat drums that have been placed on the torso of the deceased in order to ward off evil and help the soul reach the spirit world”.

This is also used in initiation ceremonies and rituals that help to maintain social order in the community with its functions, meaning and values of a single object which is common in Africa. Some of these functions can be symbolized by the selection of certain animal features. A mask with history and meaning, and would grace your home with beauty and be a wonderful addition to your collection.

Circa: 20th Century

Comes on a Stand

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