Fine Senufo Kpelie Mask – Korhogo, Ivory Coast
Wood cm. 36,0 high x cm. 14,5 width (14.17″ x 5.71″). Double face and 2 Calao birds on the head. Fine work. Collected in a village close to Korhogo.
Kpelie masks are usually oval in shape with arched crescent shaped eyebrows over narrow slit eyes. The small mouth opens below a slender nose. Scarification marks add to presentation of what is considered beautiful to the Senufo. On either side of the temples are semicircular and rectangular shapes that represent the stylized coiffure worn by Senufo mothers; the center shapes at the side representing ears. There are often two appendages on either side of the chin, “legs” that connect the spirit to the earth.
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