Senufo Helmet Mask

5608

$369.00

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Senufo
ITEM #:
5608
ETHNICITY:
Senufo
ORIGIN:
Cote D’Ivoire
SENUFO HELMET MASK:
In traditional Africa, helmet masks like this Senufo Helmet Mask were used not only as protection but also to show status or rank. They were carved from wood, cast in bronze or woven and embellished with horns, symbolic forms, cloth, cowries, metal strips, and beads..

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African Art

ITEM #:
5608
ETHNICITY:
Senufo
ORIGIN:
Cote D’Ivoire
MEDIUM:
Wood, pigment.
DIMENSIONS:
15″ tall (38.1 cm)
CONDITION:
Very Good.
NOTE:
Custom Display Stand not Included.


African Art

PROVENANCE:
Private EstateCollection – California, USA.


African Art

CATALOGUE NOTE:
In traditional Africa, helmets were used not only as protection but also to show status or rank. They were carved from wood, cast in bronze or woven and embellished with horns, symbolic forms, cloth, cowries, metal strips, and beads. While wood Senufo helmets tend to be surmounted with crescent-shaped bull horns reminiscent of Viking helmets, this superb helmet is magnificently detailed with high relief carvings of miniature Senufo icons standing and sitting, framed by an unbroken arch. Beneath the crouching figure are the “elongated” stick figures standing akimbo in mid-relief.

 


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