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Another Senufo Kpelie mask

aaaMystrySolvd-982aQ:  This was my Father’s and I have no idea where he got it. He had several other masks and pieces of art that were definitely just decoration. This one is different from the rest which raised my curiosity level. Rather small in size but it does fit over my face.  Gary, 982

A:  Your mask is called a Kpelie and comes from the Senufo people of Ivory Coast. These refined face masks represent women, are danced by men, and are usually associated with the Poro association. Called “Beautiful Lady” or Kpelie, they come with many variations, with rich and complex symbolism. There are other Kpelies in the blog archives. You will always recognize the design, but the details can vary greatly. This particular example has been carved with great strength and depth. It could be old and used, but this is rarely the case.  B+aaaMystrySolvd-982b

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