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Guro Warthog Helmet Mask Chameleon Cote d'Ivoire African Art

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Title Guro Warthog Helmet Mask Chameleon Cote d'Ivoire African Art
Type of Object Mask
Country of Origin Cote d'Ivoire
People Guro or Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions 29 inches tall x 9 inches deep x 9 inches wide: Heavy
Overall Condition Fair to good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Missing keys, age cracks, stain
Damage/Repair some large cracks repaired; chips on back and worn patina


Additional Information:  This mask has features that lead us to beleive it is possibly from either the Senufo or Guro in Ivory Coast.


This imposing helmet mask may be a "Kopnyungo," meaning literally “funeral head mask” is worn by senior members of Poro at funerals of deceased and honored members. Large composite masks danced by the Senufo symbolically incorporate a number of different animal motifs to create an image that is aggressive and powerful.


The Senufo are a huge tribe numbering over 1,000,000 and they live primarily in Cote d'Ivoire. They are well-known for the high quality of their sculpture and this mask is an excellent example of their expertise. This mask, used in "Korubla" society rituals to cast out malevolent spirits, has often been called "firespitter" owing to an old tradition among the Senufo of placing glowing coals in the mouth of the mask.