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53. Senufo firespitter mask, Cote d’Ivoire, wood, 23" (58.5 cm)
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53. Senufo firespitter mask, Cote d’Ivoire, wood, 23" (58.5 cm)
  Called Wanyugo, this is an especially powerful and fearsome mask. The appellation firespitter comes from the practice of filling the mouth of the mask with hot coals and then the dancers blowing on them while dancing, producing a shower of hot sparks. More recently the dancers will spit petrol lighting it with a burning torch.

Collection of Dimondstein Tribal Arts

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