- Label Text
- This masklike object is placed above the doorway of a temporary building of mats and clay constructed for the Samadoo ritual, an initiation ceremony associated with Jo, a society that advocated truth and proper behavior. The head and building represent an elephant. Initiates are said to "enter into the body of the elephant," a metaphor of death and rebirth found in many African initiation ceremonies.
- Wood horizontal animal head with long pointed ears and open jaws ending in an open circle. Overall encrustation.
- Lawrence Gussman, New York, after 1963 to 1971
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Bamana artist
- Mid 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Lawrence Gussman
- Wood, encrustation
- H x W x D: 44.5 x 18.4 x 14.6 cm (17 1/2 x 7 1/4 x 5 3/4 in.)