Elaborate assemblages of birds, antelope horns,
bush-pig tusks, crocodile jaws and chameleons are called Kponyungo
or "funeral head mask".
This combination of animal features symbolizes
the chaotic conditions of the primordial universe.
The mask plays a
part at the burial of initiates, driving the soul of the deceased to the
land of the dead. The mask performer beats a drum while dancing
and wearing a one-piece, suit with geometric patterns. The
suit is not attached to the costume, so there are no holes around the
base of the mask. The performer is able to see through the open jaws.
Ex. Graven Images Ltd., New York and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection
Length: 24 ¼”
Width: 10 ¾”
Depth: 12 ½”