Ancient Senufo KPELIYE Mask with a double face
Kpeliyé'e (face of an acrobat dancer) or Kodaliyé'e (face of the Kodal) are two names for this sort of facial mask, which always appears by couple (masculine and feminine), mainly during funerals of members of the Poro, in order to chase away the spirit of the deceased from the world of the living.
Adapted from Arts premiers de Côte d’Ivoire, Sepia editions.
Kpeliye masks have a strongly marked feminine character, such as the scarification in the middle of the forehead, the secret symbol of the female vulva.
Estimated age: 1960
Height: 40 cm
Width: 20 cm
Weight, without stand: 455 grams.
Total weight including the stand: 670 grams.
From my personal collection, purchased over the years, items with all sorts of provenances and authentic origins.
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- Double face kpeliyé mask
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Côte d'Ivoire
- 2nd half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 40×20×8 cm
- 670 g