Origin: Cote D’Ivoire
Approximate age: 40-50 years old
Materials: Wood, cowrie shell, mud-cloth,fibers
Dimensions (HxWxD): 38x18x15 cm (70 cm high with hood)
Provenance: Collected from the village of Ziekpa
This beautiful Kpelie (or Kpeli-yehe) mask was collected from a Senufo village. It is a rare example with its superstructure, a monkey holding a maize in his hand, which is the valorization of the agriculture, which allows to nourish the village. The monkey is the animal closest to the man in the Senufo culture. This mask for the farmers were worn after the agricultural season to thank the ancestors and ask them the abundance and prosperity of the next season.
This mask is really an excellent piece of Senufo art, its nice brown patina coincide with 40-50 years of use.
Please, see the pictures for accurate visual reference! I did my best to show you the fantastic details in the close-up photos.