Kpeliye mask from Poro - Senufo - Côte d'Ivoire

Kpeliye mask from Poro - Senufo - Côte d'Ivoire
mid 20th century - Vintage - used with visible signs of wear

34 x 19 cm.
Wood, paint.
Former collection France

Throughout the 20th century, the members of the Poro, a Senufo initiatory society, would wear little, finely carved, facial masks, as emblems.
The masks, called Kpeliye’e (Kpeliye) present delicate oval faces with geometric projections on the sides. The raised and incised scarification motifs ornament the smooth and shiny surfaces of these masks.
Considered to be feminine, these masks, because of their grace and beauty, pay tribute to their deceased elders. These complement the helmet masks, also supported by fraternal organisations of the region.
The bright colours associated to this item are unusual, and may have reflected the power of this mask’s owner, to ward off the negative forces within the community.

Shipment within 24 working hours.
Track & trace included.
With acknowledgement of receipt.

Tags: mask, figurine, sculpture, figure, statuette, wood, art, contemporary, first, primitive, tribal, African, antiquity, artwork, gallery, Picasso, Giacometti, art gallery, African art, cubism.

Lot details
Kpeliye mask from Poro
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
Mid 20th century
Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
34×19×0 cm
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