DescriptionSENUFO, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Mali
Men of the Poro society wear this mask of an ideal, youthful woman at Poro initiations and funerals. Kpelie features tend to be linear, with slitted eyes, T-shaped nose and small, protruding mouth showing teeth and flanked with "cat whisker" scarifications, all set in a narrow face. The mask may be surmounted by horns; in the present example perhaps those of a ram, a prime sacrificial animal. Various projections from the mask edges may refer to an elaborate hairstyle or ears, while the downward-pointing projections, or "legs," near the chin are displaced references to ear ornaments or locks of hair.
Height: 14 inches
Estimate: $1,400 - $2,800.
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