About this object

The korobla masked dancer belongs to a male initiation association open to specific artisan groups only. It dances at burial ceremonies and serves to ensure the correct performance of the burial ritual. It can also appear at night to drive dangerous forces out of the village. The form of the mask is deliberately ambiguous and consists of a composite of different animal elements.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask
  • Culture
    Senufo
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Plant Fibre; Fur; Feather; Wood; Brass
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery 43, 1966
  • Collector
    Philip Goldman
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
    1233 mm x 470 mm x 345 mm
  • Note
    Gallery Label: The korobla masquerade belongs to a male initiation association open to specific ethnic groups, only. It dances at burial ceremonies and can also appear at night to drive witches out of the village. It moves with incredible speed. STOCKBOOK: Korobla Mask with dance costume (Senufo). Purchased from Gallery 43, 43 George Street, London, W.1. in 1966 by Richard Hutchings, Keeper of Ethnography, with War Damage Fund.
  • Related people
    Philip Goldman ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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