Kpelie Mask

Kpelie Mask 2013-07-22T14:48:19+00:00

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This 19th century Lo Society Kpelie face mask is from the Senufo in Côte d’Ivorie.  The Kpelie face masks are worn in “face masquerades” at coming-of-age rituals and funeral ancestor rituals of the Lo Society.  The name “Kpelie” literally translates to “dead face,” but the symbolic meaning is “face of an ancestor.”

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