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African Masks - Senufo

 

Senufo Mask

Senufo Mask

Senufo masks are created by specialist artists who live apart from the rest of their village. Senufo masks combine features of animals and humans in a single design.

The Senufo artists have a high status in their society as their masks and sculptures are believed to have the power to help communication between the living and their dead ancestors.

Senufo masks are used in the rites of the Poro society, a male organization that educates young men in the traditions and responsibilities necessary for their coming of age.

The Senufo worship their ancestors, particularly Kolotyolo - the ‘Ancient Mother’ who is holds so much power that she has to be carefully approached through intervention by lesser gods.

Senufo Tribal Territory

 

Senufo Territory Map

Senufo Territory Map
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The Senufo are a farming people of over 1,000,000 that stretch across various bordering countries in West Africa including the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso and South Mali.

Senufo Mask Clip Art

 

Senufo Mask Clip Art

Senufo Mask Clip Art
(You can click on our drawing for an A4 image that you may print to help you draw this mask)

 

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Mask with seven horns from a workshop in the Guro area of the Ivory Coast.

Mask with seven horns from a workshop in the Guro area of the Ivory Coast.
Photo © Nicolas Guérin