Senufo peoples / Mask / 19th-20th centurySenufo peoples
19th-20th century

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Creator Nationality: African; North African; Sahelese; Mali; Senufo
Creator Name-CRT: Senufo peoples
Title: Mask
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Creation Start Date: 1800
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 19th-20th century
Object Type: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: Wood, horn, fiber, cotton, feather, metal, sacrificial material
Dimensions: H. of mask 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1978.412.489
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1965

Small, finely carved face masks are worn at funerals by members of Poro, the Senufo men's society. The masks feature a delicate oval face with geometric projections at the sides. Their smooth, glossy surfaces are ornamented with raised and incised scarification patterns. The leglike forms at the base of the face allude to a traditional hairstyle worn by Senufo women. Considered feminine, the masks honor deceased Senufo elders with their grace and beauty and complement the aggressive male character of Senufo helmet masks. The feathers and animal horns attached to this example are unusual and may have served to enhance the mask's power to combat negative forces in the community.

AMICA ID: MMA_.1978.412.489
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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