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

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  • 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.
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