Decorative Kpeliyee Mask
Senufo Tribe, Ivory Coast
wood, paint

H: 18"
Inventory # 10508

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.