Kpelie mask - Wood - Sénoufo - Côte d'Ivoire

Description
Kpelie mask - Wood - Sénoufo - Côte d'Ivoire
Early 20th century - Good

Senufo Kpelie mask from Côte d’Ivoire.
The Senufo are mainly farmers who cultivate rice, millet, maize, yam, cassava and tea. For the Senufo people, here is no mystery or sacredness in mask crafting. The mask is only an object of wood at the origin. It will only become sacred the day it will be danced within a liturgical context. The mask will guide the Senufo man in all his Poro initiatory phases or for funerals. Certain masks are also used in public entertainments.

This beautiful wooden mask with a red-brown patina was used during the initiation rites of the Poro. This beautiful face is topped by the primordial bird holding a fish in its beak.

Lot details
Object
Kpelie mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Sénoufo
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
Material
Wood
Period
Early 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
37×15×20 cm
Weight
1210 g
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