Senufo Bronze Helmet from Ivory Coast.
Country: Ivory Coast
Size: 7.5″ (19 cm) Tall
Provenance: Private USA Estate Collection.
In traditional Africa, helmets were used not only as protection, but also to show status or rank. They were carved from wood, cast in bronze or woven and embellished with horns, symbolic forms, cloth, cowries, metal strips and beads. While wood Senufo helmets tend to be surmounted with crescent-shaped bull horns reminiscent of Viking helmets, this inverted bowl-shaped bronze helmet is surmounted by a crouching figure. Beneath the crouching figure are the elongated” stick figures standing akimbo in mid-relief.
|Dimensions||18 x 12 x 12 in|