Double face kpeliyé mask - Wood - Senufo - Côte d'Ivoire

Description
Double face kpeliyé mask - Wood - Senufo - Côte d'Ivoire
2nd half 20th century - Good

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

Dimensions:
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.



Careful packaging and registered shipment.

Lot details
Object
Double face kpeliyé mask
Ethnic group/ culture
Senufo
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
Material
Wood
Period
2nd half 20th century
Condition
Good
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
40×20×8 cm
Weight
670 g
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