Kpeliyee Mask Surmounted by Ancestor Figure
Senufo Tribe, Ivory Coast
H: 14.25” (17.5” on stand)
Inventory # 10410
The kpeliyee mask is the prerogative of the Poro society, an organization based on age-grades that exerts social and political control, conveys traditional knowledge, and fulfills religious functions amongst the Senufo. Carved from a single piece of wood, the kpeliyee (or kpeli-yehe) mask typically displays encoded designs that depict feminine beauty and carry sexual connotations.