This is a traditional Senufo Mask handcrafted from local wood. Traditionally the Senufo are farming people with a population of about 1,000,000 people, stretched across various countries in Western Africa including Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso and Ghana.
Senufo masks are used in the rites of the Poro society, a male organization that educates young men in the traditions and responsibilities necessary for their coming of age. They worship their ancestors, particularly Kolotyolo – the ‘Ancient Mother’ who holds so much power that she has to be carefully approached through intervention by “lesser Gods”.
Senufo mask creators have high regard in their society and actually live apart from the rest of the village. Senufo masks and sculptures are believed to have the power of communicating between living and dead ancestors, and the masks combine features of animals and humans in a single destination.
|Dimensions||37 × 16 × 13 cm|
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