Kpeliyee Mask Surmounted by Ancestor Figure
Senufo Tribe, Ivory Coast
Inventory # 10461
The kpelie mask is the prerogative of the Poro society, an organization based on age-grades that exert social and political control, conveys traditional knowledge, and fulfills religious functions amongst the Senufo. Carved from a single piece of wood, the kpelie mask typically displays encoded designs that depict feminine beauty.