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    Senufo, (Ivory Coast)
    Ceremonial Headdress, kworo
    Wood on a basketry cap
    Height: 35 ½ inches Width: 22 ½ inches

    A rectangular openwork plank headdress mounted on a basketry cap, the plank has four projections at the top, two of which are unidentifiable animals, perhaps chameleons, and in the center of the plank, a cut-out four legged creature, perhaps a lizard, with its four feet on the plank itself rendered in low relief. Such headdresses were worn in the kworo or second phase of Poro initiations among the Nafara Senufo, in which male and female initiates underwent death and rebirth along with arduous training.
    These headdresses, decorated with white cowry shells, were danced joyfully in public to celebrate the transition from the second to the third and final phase of initiation.
    The proper right arm is separated from the body at the shoulder and has been tied indigenously. There are many surface stains. The basketry cap is in poor shape.

    Provenance: H. Bruce Greene II and family, Naples, Florida



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2007
    7th Thursday
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