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Mask Senoufo Kpeliye (N° 17031)

The zoomorphic African masks of Sénufo are worn by members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life. Their function is to honour the elders or appear at funerals. Anthropomorphic masks would mainly drive the spirit of the deceased from his place of residence. At the top of this Kpélié mask meaning " mask that jumps " is a statuette sitting between sheep horns. Fins line the contours of the face, which are extended by a short beard. Height on a base: 49 cm.
Patine smooth satin.
In a sacred enclosure near the village gathered among the trees the young boys of the Initiation Society Poro. They were initiated from the age of seven into a succession of three cycles lasting seven years. Although exclusively male, Poro pays tribute by statuary to the supposed founder of sinzanga, Katyeléo .  

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OriginColl. française Jauregui
Weight1.45 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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