Kpelié mask

Kpelié mask

Kpelié mask, wood.
Date
late XIXth early XXth
Size
height 30,5 cm
Collection
Tribal Art
Condition
very good state
Inventory number
410
Price
7'500
 

Superb Kpelié mask from Senoufos from the north of the Ivory Coast. The prognathic face with the oval mouth showing the teeth, the eyes pierced with a slit, the forehead surmounted by an elegant pair of horns supporting in their center a stylized chameleon. Scarifications on the cheeks and forehead, two pairs of panels on each side of the face, as well as two projections emanating from the chin.

We can notice a lip plate on the lower lip as well as remains of polychromy on the chameleon.

 

Unlike the masks topped with the classic kapotier rasp motif, the rare masks topped by a human or animal figure participated in festive ceremonies, during which young men demonstrated their acrobatic skills.

Significant patina of use on a traditional black lacquer.

 

Origin :

Ex. colonial collection (Millau France) collected in-situ in the 1930s.

Ex. Galerie Olivier Larroque.

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