This Senufo mask from Ivory Coast is a stunning piece of artwork. The piece shows excellent signs of honest age and use. It measures 14.5 inches tall, 17.5 inches on stand, and weighs 1.5 pounds. There is a repair to the back rim of the mask along with some damage. Wear and tear throughout – please inspect photos carefully.
Stunning Senufo Mask 17.5 on Stand” – Ivory Coast – African Art
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Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire)
14.5" mask | 17.5" on stand
1.5 lbs mask | 3 lbs including stand
Some damage and repair to back of mask. Wear and tear.
About the Senufo People
“Scattered across the Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso, the million and a half Senufo tribespeople live principally off the fruits of agriculture and occasionally hunting. They inhabit villages governed by a council of elders, who in turn are led be a chief elected from their number. Tribal cohesion is reinforced through the rituals of the Poro society who initiate and educate the men from the age of seven onwards. Senufo theology is based on Koulotiolo, a powerful god, and Katieleo, a goddess mother, who through the rituals of the Poro society, regenerates the world.
The Senufo were among the first tribal artists to be admired by the Western world. Their artistic output has been prolific – statues and masks characterized by realistic features or highly geometric shapes which emphasize rhythm and the opposition between void and full spaces.”
About the Kpelie Mask
“Senufo people use different kinds of mask depending upon the occasion. Face masks, known as Kpelie, are worn during Poro society ceremonies. They display a typical heart-shaped face surrounded by ‘wings’. “
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