Lot: 192

97th Auction

Mask "kpélié"

Côte d'Ivoire, Senufo

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Private Collection H: 8.5 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, colour pigments, base

"Kpélié" is made by the carvers' association of the "kulibèlè".

Its purpose at funeral rituals is to lead the spirits of the deceased members of the family into the peaceful land of the dead, and at harvest festivals, to thank the ancestors and the land spirits for good crops.

Fagaly, William, Ancestors of Congo Square, New Orleans 2011, p. 78