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Kpeliyee Mask

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  • Called kpeliyee anthropomorphic masks such as this one were used to coerce the spirit of the deceased to leave its home. The narrow nose leads to the protruding mouth with prominent teeth. There is evidence of decorative scarification around the cheeks eyes and forehead. Two abstract "legs" extend from the jaw. Most probably these depict either a lock of hair or ear pendants. The figure on top symbolizes the hornbill bird one of the Senufo primordial creatures and the first to be hunted by men.The mask represents a stylized female form but was worn by men. The spirits of deceased ancestors played an active role in the religious beliefs of the tribe.


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