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Mask Senoufo Kpéllié, Kpeliye'e (N° 13060)

The zoomorphic African masks of Sénufo are worn by male 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 mask are a group of three female figures paying tribute to the supposed founder of the sinzanga , sacred enclosure near the village, where the young boys of the Initiation Society Poro gathered among the trees. They were initiated from the age of seven into a succession of three cycles lasting seven years. Although exclusively male, poro actually pays tribute with these statues to the supposed founder of sinzanga, Katyeléo . Lacks on the contours of the mask. Grainy satin patina. Living in a reserved area, the sculptor sénufo , whose formation spanned seven years, began with the realization of everyday objects, and then, little by little, sported sculptures of increasing size. Initiation rituals complemented his learning.  

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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnySenoufo
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width20
Weight0.85 Kg
Estimated datingdébut xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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