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
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Côte d'Ivoire
- 2nd half 20th century
- Very good condition, slightly used with small signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 43×22×12 cm