A Senufo Kpelié mask, Ivory Coast, of hollowed oval form, a pointed chin beneath a rounded protruding mouth with carved two rows of teeth, a lip plug in its lower lip, a slender nose framed by pierced slit eyes, a domed forehead with a raised scarification, linear decorative scars on both cheeks and around the mouth, surmounted by Kalao bird, framed by elaborate abstract appendages, pierced through at the rim for attachment; reddish patina, traces of age and ritual use, incl. stand.
Lit.: Holas, B., L´Art Sacré Sénoufo, Limoges, 1978, Facing the Mask, Herreman, Frank, Museum for African Art. s. publ; Wolfgang Jaenicke blog “Forbidden games”.
600 – 800,- Euro
Height: 33 cm
Weight: 712 g (incl. stand).