Mask - Wood - Kepeliyee - Senufo - Côte d'Ivoire

Description
Mask - Wood - Kepeliyee - Senufo - Côte d'Ivoire
2nd half 20th century - Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear

Mask "Kepeliyee" Senufo, Ivory Coast

The Senufo lived in northern Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso.
They have zoomorphic and anthropomorphic masks.
These are called Kepeliyee and evoke a beautiful young woman, they are extremely stylized and easily recognizable, linked to Poro initiation, fertility rituals and funerals.

Above the face is a majestically carved sitting female figure holding a pair of elaborately carved antelope horns. This is simply known as the mask of the "lady": she is a fertility figure with enlarged breasts and usually a distended stomach, which suggests that she is pregnant.


This item will be carefully packaged with track and trace

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Kepeliyee
Ethnic group/ culture
Senufo
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
43×22×12 cm
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