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ID number:  BIRRC-D0013
Institution:  Research and Cultural Collections
Named collection:  The Danford Collection of West African Art and Artefacts
Artist / Maker:  Unknown
Title / Object name:  Janiform zoomorphic helmet mask
Object type:  Mask
Place made:  N. Ivory Coast
Culture:  Senufo
Materials:  Wood
Measurements:  40 x 71 x 30 cm

This 'fire-spitter' mask is traditionally called a 'waniugo' or 'kponiugo' in the areas of Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso where it is produced. This particular wooden mask has never been used ritually, although traditionally these masks are designed to be so ferocious in appearance that they drive away bad spirits. It was purchased before 1957 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and was lent to the Danford Collection by J.Danford in 1964. It was purchased in 1975.

Inscriptions / Translations:  See 1957 Ibadan catalogue no. 21.

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