An antique hand-crafted tribal art mask from the Senufo Tribe Ivory Coast Ghana. A vintage handmade African Sese wood Senufo tribe Kpelie mask with monkey headdress from Ivory Coast. Senufo face masks or kpelie (also known as Kpelie Yehe, Kodelle or Kulie) are used in Poro Society initiation rituals for boys, adolescents, and adults, at funerals to lead the spirit of the deceased and at harvest festivals. Kpelie, always owned and worn by a man, represents ancestors and has associations with the feminine ideals of beauty and fertility, dancers imitating women delicate and graceful gestures. The Senufo (Senoufo) people number about 1.5 million and have inhabited regions of the Ivory Coast, Mali and Burkina Faso since the 1400s. Measurements: 16"H x 7.5"W x 3"D. There is a hole in the face under the right eye. Wear is consistent with age and use.
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