Uncommon version of the "Kpélié" or "jumping mask", worn during initiations symbolically marking a death followed by a rebirth. The side growths and horns are present, however it is a reference to the hornbill that appears at the top. The pointed lower lip suggests the presence of a labret. Locally grainy matte patina, beige brown, cracking.
Height on base: 73 cm.
The African Sénufo masks are worn by male members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life. Kept in the sacred enclosure named sezang in order to hide them from the gaze of the uninitiated, their function is to honor the elders or even appear at funerals. Anthropomorphic masks would primarily chase the spirit of the deceased from its place of residence. Named “wife of the Dô” by the Dyoula, he also intervened during major Muslim celebrations, such as Eid-al-Fitr.
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