Item offered:

Senufo Bronze Kpelie Mask
(Mali)




Materials:
metal: bronze / brass

Approximate dimensions:
11" H x 4.25" W x 3.25" D

Estimated age:
50+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 6-lbs.
Stand not included - used for
display purposes only.

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Description:

From our personal collection, on offer is this superb bronze (or brass/copper alloy) Kpelie mask from the Senufo peoples of Mali. The Kpelie masks are danced during initiation, fertility, & other ritual ceremonies.

Skilled metal workers, this piece is a fine presentation of Senufo artistry in the realm of lost wax casting. A pair of horns adorn the forehead of the mask, in between which is a female guardian figure in a proud stance. "Leg" extensions protrude from the chin of the piece. Winged appendages radiate outwardly from the cheeks. Superb raised scarification patterns frame the face & accentuate the legs. Incised highlights ornament the exaggerated lips & horns, as well as the detailing around the eyes.

Despite a few minor imperfections, this classic mask is in very good overall condition. Beautifully detailed, plus well-developed patina with some oxidation present. A most striking display & a fine addition to any collection.

Please note:
although this mask is suitable for wall display, a custom stand crafted especially for this piece is available, permitting table-top display. Please inquire.
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