Senufo Tribe Twin Mask - Senufo

African Angel ArtSKU: AAA0128

Sale price$250.00

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Dimensions: L:17.7in W:9.4in D:3.9in

Senufo Tribe Twin Mask – Twin masks are a distinctive form of art within Senufo culture. These masks are characterized by their dual-faced design, representing the concept of twinship, which holds great importance in Senufo belief systems. The masks are typically carved from wood and feature two faces that are either identical or subtly different. Each face represents one twin, and together they embody the harmonious relationship between twins. The masks often display serene expressions, with almond-shaped eyes, elongated noses, and refined features. They are used in a variety of contexts, primarily associated with the Poro society, an institution that plays a central role in Senufo social, religious, and educational practices. The masks are utilized during Poro initiation ceremonies, which mark the transition of young boys into adulthood and the acquisition of knowledge and responsibilities.


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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