Ceremonial mask. The Djimini are a sub-group of the larger Senufo group of Cote
d'Ivoire, Mali, and Burkina Faso. Numbering 100,000 they live in the northeastern central
region of Cote d'Ivoire. Every part of the life of majority of the Djimini depends on the
ground. They are subsistence farmers. They grow the food they need to survive. Meals are
cooked just over the dirt in a pot balanced atop three large stones. Most of their homes
are made of mud and clay. In early childhood, Djimini are taught the stories and
traditions of their people. Circumcision and cultural ceremonies are performed as rites of
passage. When a man reaches the age of 30 he is considered an adult. This mask came from
area inhabited by the Djimini sub-group, its function is not clear.
Size: H. 15, W. 10, D.