A Senoufo Kpelié mask

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A Senoufo Kpelié mask, the oval face with crescent scarifications around the the cheeks, a domed forehead beneath a Kalao bird on top, pierced through at the rim for attachments; reddish, shiny patina, collected in the vicinity of Korhogo, Ivory Coast, purchased at Bobo Dioulasso from a Haussa dealer, who is normally selling his objects at Abidjan, but because of the political situation in Ivory cost the “tribal traffic” has changed.

Kpelie-masks were worn during funeral sessions By the Poro society. These funeral festivities are marked by masquerades, which symbolically expresses the fundamental dualities in Senufo Thought: mal/female, body, spitit, life/death. In general this type of mask is symbolizing an ideal woman. The unique features which characterize the Kpelie mask include elongated flanges radiating from the bottom part of the mask, which are a reference to the hornbill bird. The horns on the mask refer to the ram, an important sacrificial animal. The nodules on the forehead represent palm nuts as well as vulvas; they are flanked by cicatrization marks that symbolize the twins born to the primordial couple. The significance of the double face are not known, but double- and single- faced Kpelie are used interchangably. A Doublehead Senufo Kpelie MaskHolas, B., L´Art Sacré Sénoufo, Limoges, 1978, Facing the Mask, Herreman, Frank, Museum for African Art. s. publ.


700 – 900,- Euro

Height: 39 cm
Weight: 490 g

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Weight 0.490 kg