This very fine and old mask, called kore suruku, was used by
the kore society within the framework of initiatory rites, and
in agricultural ceremonies. This mask is extremely rare, and belongs
to an unusual type characterized by its stylistics' proportions and
iconography. It probably represents a hyena, one of the totemic
animals of this secret community. The significance of the long ears
could be that the komo spirit hears every sound. The incised
patterns are probably fertility symbols.
At the time of these ceremonies, the mask, then inert and secular,
became the attribute of a dressed up dancer which gave it life and
word. Because this is only through the movement, and through the
dancer more particularly, that the mask finds its effectiveness.
18th / 19th century.
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