Senufo Warthog Mask ‘Tchalahou’
These beautiful and monumental animal helmet masks come out at a funeral of a Dozo.
Origin: Ivory Coast
Approx Age: Later 20th Century
Materials: wood, real teeth, hair and horns.
Dimensions cm: 49 x 28 x 34 helmet mask size
Ref. Number: 1455
A rare Senufo warthog mask called ‘Tchalahou’, owned by the ‘Lo hunter society’ these are worn by a ‘Dozo’ (a member of the hunter’s society). This is also accompanied by the costume used in the hunter’s ceremony. The tusks, teeth and horns are from a real warthog, also the hair mane. The costume has also been well worn, it has a design of a warthog front and back.
These beautiful pieces come out at the funeral of a Dozo.
The dances performed by the masks are scary, this is for driving out the evil spirits and to motivate the ancestor’s spirits to they make good welcome to the deceased. The Dozo adhere to this tradition. They come from afar to attend the funeral celebrations of one of their community member.
All Senufo are farmers, some look to become a Dozo. Dozo
Dozo hunters make regular offerings to the spirits and fetishes of the bush. They spend considerable time to the preparation of amulets. A hunter Dozo never goes hunting without reciting some secret incantations.
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