Gbon or "Firespitter" Helmet Mask, Based


 
  • A1200-588
  • Gbon or "Firespitter" Helmet Mask, Based
  • Senufo People
  • Ivory Coast, West Africa
  • 20th C.
  • Carved Wood
  • 13'' W x 23'' D x 22.5'' H
  • $4950
$4,950.00
  •  
  • Print Tear Sheet
  • Email to Friends

    Email to Friends

    From:

    To:

    Have you seen this? I thought you'd find it interesting!
     
    Captcha Image
     

  •  Add (+) to Project Folder 
  • Inquire Now 
  •  
    0 item(s), Total $0.00
  •  
  • Info to Edit: These large horizontal masks, composites of several animals, were called Kponungo, or ''funeral head masks''. The term ''Firespitter'' is used by outsiders. Used by both Poro and non-Poro male societies, these helmet masks embodied an aggressive supernatural power to combat any forces that might disrupt the well-being of the community. The powerful features of antelopes, buffaloes, crocodiles, warthogs, hornbills, chameleons and humans combined to symbolize power and to recall important myths. They were used in anti-witchcraft ceremonies. Gbon Masks, simpler and danced at funerals to control and guide the soul of the deceased.
A1200-588 – Gbon or "Firespitter" Helmet Mask, Based
 
Gbon or Gbon or Gbon or Gbon or Gbon or Gbon or Gbon or Gbon or

 

Similar Products


Equestrian Figure
Equestrian Figure  A021201-017
Door Lock
Door Lock  A0700-517


PRIMITIVE   130 N. Jefferson St.   Chicago, IL 60661   312.575.9600   info@beprimitive.com    Discover thousands of objects online at beprimitive.com
Blog Posts
  1. Appreciating Buddhist Art: Part Four – Ritual Tools and Symbols Glen Joffe 18-Aug-2017
  2. Tutsi Basketry – World Class Weaving Glen Joffe 11-Aug-2017
  3. Creating Sacred Space – Building a Meditation Room Glen Joffe 04-Aug-2017
  4. Nature’s Handiwork – Introduction to Gongshi Glen Joffe 28-Jul-2017
Stories & Descriptions

Discover more information about the culture and history behind many of these beautiful select objects, artifacts, antiques and furnishings–click here

“Cultural objects tell stories; and in each story a simple message is found—all cultures are the same, we just express ourselves differentlyGLEN JOFFE, OWNER