This kpelie tribal mask has elements that are symbolic to the Senufo mythology and culture. It illustrates an ideal beauty in abstracted form. Features that are considered beautiful by the Senufo include the large forehead, the deep arching brow, the narrow straight nose, and the mouth held open to expose teeth. The arm like forms and geometric shapes on the side of the face symbolize the ornate hairstyles worn by Senufo women. The bird on top of represents the horn-bill, a bird associated with fertility and supernatural female power. Kpelie masks would dance a funeral of elder women and men, the newly dead that have now joined the ancestors.
Origin: Ivory Coast
Condition: This African mask does show some signs of use. There are some splits, scrapes and cracks to attest its age and extensive use. We have included a lot of photos to show the condition of this mask.
Measurements: 20" tall and 8" wide
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