A SENUFO FIRESPITTER MASK

Called "Kponyungo"

Ivory coast, West Africa

Ex private Dutch collection,

The Kponyungo, also known as the “funeral head mask” or “Firespitter,” is the most well-known Senufo mask. The name Kponyungo is derived from the words “kpoo” and “nyungo”, which translates to “the head of the deceased one”. It is a carved wooden helmet mask, which means it is worn over the whole head, and is used in the funerals of the Senufo people.

Price on request.