University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 97-18-2
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Senufo
Provenience: Ivory Coast
Section:African
Materials:Wood
Pigment
Technique:Carved
Painted
Iconography:Senufo
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Hill II, 1997

Description

Kepelie mask. Traces of red and white pigment on surface, a smaller head protrudes from the top of the head. Eyeslit. Both mouth and ears protrude. Decorative carvings on the forehead, in shape of an M. Both eyebrows and ears are carved forming lines. Two protrusions of wood, one from each side, above mouth. Plus, two more come from the side, by mouth area, directed downward. Holes on side, to be worn as a mask. Worn at ceremonies related to the Poro Society.


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