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Kpeliye mask - Senufo - Ivory Coast
  • Kpeliye mask - Senufo - Ivory Coast
  • Kpeliye mask - Senufo - Ivory Coast
  • Kpeliye mask - Senufo - Ivory Coast
  • Kpeliye mask - Senufo - Ivory Coast
  • Kpeliye mask - Senufo - Ivory Coast

Kpeliye mask - Senufo - Ivory Coast

€245.00
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The Poro brotherhood is widely established among the Senufo of nothern Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso. Limited mainly to men, it is an agent of social regulation linked with ancestor cult. There are three member classes, each of which lasts seven years, and it takes an individual 21 years to cover the cycle of knowledge. The third class is made up of mature men responsible for initiating the intermediate class and for funeral rites featuring the masks. These carvings recall a male or female ancestor, often a beautiful young woman.The face of this Kpeliye mask, a form that is usually concave and highly elongated, is framed on either side by Senufo decorative elements. At the bottom, what look like "legs" could be stylized locks of hair or jewelry that has since been forgotten. The rectangular blocks between the semicircles could be ears. But the most important feature is the bird perching on the mask. It is a hornbill, the sacred bird of the Senufo. Overall, the care lavished on this mask by the sculptor suggests that it was made for an important Poro member.This mask's austere appearance should not blind us, however, to its beauty, a result of the balance of the different forms and the finess of the surface work. It exudes an inward fealing that was well suited to its function.SpecsOriginEx private collection FrenchSize26 x 10 cmDatingCirca 1960Material(s)Wood

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Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
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Ethnic group
Senufo
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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