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Senoufo Kpélié mask (N° 20532)

Collection African tribal art French.
In African art, the masks of the Senufo are worn by male members of the Poro society, an institution that controls political and economic life.
Various protrusions alternate around this mask depicting a narrow face. It is surmounted by a stylized carved motif.
Red brown matte patina.
"Kpélié" meaning "mask that jumps", this African mask is also worn during initiations symbolically marking a death followed by a rebirth. Kept in the sacred enclosure named sezang in order to keep them from the gaze of the uninitiated, their function is to honor the elders or even appear at funerals. Anthropomorphic masks would mainly chase the spirit of the deceased from its place of residence. Living in a reserved neighborhood, the senufo sculptor, whose training lasted seven years,began by making everyday objects, then gradually displayed sculptures of increasingly large size. Initiatory rituals completed his apprenticeship.  

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OriginColl. française Haquet
EthnySenoufo
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height34
Width15
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingfin xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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