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kpeli-yehe mask
  • unknown Senufo maker
  • kpeli-yehe mask, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 21.5 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 8 7/16 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2819

The human face has the figure of a seated female with an enlarged abdomen holding horn-like projection's from the mask's forehead. There is a "V" shaped band of raised squares from the base of one horn to the other. The mask's eyes are slits with raised eyebrows above. It has a long, narrow nose with a band of raised squares from cheek to cheek. The round mouth projects from the face, showing teeth, with lines on either side. It has a pointed chin. There are paired projections along both sides of the face in a triangular flap with a groove on the edge, a rectangular flap with squares in the middle and parallel lines at top and bottom, an undecorated triangle, and narrowing cylindrical projections pointed downward.