Senufo Bronze Mask - Senufo

African Angel ArtSKU: AAA0485
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Dimensions: L:18.1in W:7.9in D:7.5in

The Senufo Bronze Masks are highly regarded as sacred objects and are believed to possess spiritual power. They are considered to be a link between the human and spiritual realms, connecting the living with their ancestors. These masks play a significant role in Senufo society, particularly within the context of the Poro society, which is an important male initiation association. The Poro society is responsible for teaching young men about their cultural heritage, moral values, and social responsibilities. The masks are worn during ceremonies and rituals associated with the Poro society, symbolizing ancestral spirits and serving as a means of communication with the spirit world.

About the Tribe

Senufo also spelled Senoufo, a group of closely related peoples residing primarily in the savannah regions in the Northern part of the Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). They are also found in South-Eastern Mali and in Burkina Faso. They speak at least four distinct languages (Palaka, Dyimini, and Senari in Côte d’Ivoire and Suppire in Mali), which belong to the Gur branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Within each group, numerous subdivisions use their own names for the people and language; the name Senufo is of external origin.

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