Kponyungo Helmet Mask - (Fire spitter) - Senufo people, Ivory Coast - CGM25
Kponyungo Helmet Mask - (Fire spitter) - Senufo people, Ivory Coast - CGM25
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Kponyungo Helmet Mask - (Fire spitter) - Senufo people, Ivory Coast - CGM25

$7,500.00
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. Scott Rodolitz and Ex. Christopher McConnell collection
Length: 24
Width: 10
Depth: 12
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