Kagba buffalo mask depicting a fantastic animal composed of zoomorphic elements borrowed from various animals.
Wood with a crusty patina.
Senufo, Ivory Coast.
H. 75 cm.
- Emmanuel Bordier Collection
The typology of this mask should not be confused with the better known "fire-eaters". The kagba mask was not worn on the head but fixed on a long stick placed horizontally, which was covered by an imposing fiber suit.
For a photo of the field with its costume, see : Die Kunst der
Senufo, Museum Rietberg Zürich, p. 65 fig. 45 and p. 64. See also
Senufo, sculpture from the west Africa, The Museum of Primitiv Art,
New York, fig. 70 and 71.