Senufo Double-Faced Mask. Kpelie. Tribal. Ancestral. Cote D’Ivoire Africa
The Senufo – a traditional agricultural people of the northern savanna – Kpelie masks either represent a Poro ancestor or a supernatural spirit of a deceased village person.
This double-faced mask has provided a variety of functions. It is a significant part of the rites of the Lo society at initiation ceremonies, at funerals and second burial rites of the Lo society members.
Another function is its use in harvest festivals when thanks are given to their ancestors who have helped to ensure productive harvests/crops.
Double faced masks – like this – ensures that both man and woman are together in their positive spirits. The hornbill bird on top is associated with fertility and supernatural power of the deceased.
The rare authentic mask is in very good condition considering its age and use.
100% hand crafted from naturally dried logs. No two masks are alike. Stand not included.