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Senufo Firespitter Passport Mask Cote d'Ivoire African Art

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Title Senufo Firespitter Passport Mask Cote d'Ivoire African Art
Type of Object Helmet Mask
Country of Origin Ivory Coast (Cote D'Ivoire)
People Senufo
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 3 Inches
Width: 4 Inches
Depth: 7.5 Inches
Overall Condition 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.
Damage/Repair N/A

Additional Information: 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.