Kplé Kplé mask - Wood - Cérémonie Goli - Baoulé - Côte d'Ivoire

Kplé Kplé mask - Wood - Cérémonie Goli - Baoulé - Côte d'Ivoire
1st half 20th century - Good

Kple-Kple Mask of the Goli Ceremony
Baule Culture, Ivory Coast
First half of the 20th century
Wood and pigments.
Height: 34 cm; Width: 22 cm; Depth: 8 cm.
(minor damages)

Wooden mask in a circular form, topped by two horns, curved into an arch. The face is smooth, pigmented with red. Only the eyes and mouth present a slight relief. The mouth is rectangular and punctuated with beige dots, depicting the teeth. The eyes are formed by two black pupils, framed by two little drops painted in beige ochre. The latter are topping two triangular perforations, enabling the dancer to see. The top part of the mask presents a little collar.

This mask danced during the Goli ceremony - rites celebrating good crops, paying tribute to important visitors, or at someone’s death.
The rounded face refers to the sun, whereas the horns remind an antelope or a buffalo.

Lot details
Kplé Kplé mask
Indigenous object name
Cérémonie Goli
Ethnic group/ culture
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
1st half 20th century
Sold with stand
34×22×8 cm
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