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kpeli-yehe mask
  • unknown Senufo maker
  • kpeli-yehe mask, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • wood, staining, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 35 x 20 x 8.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 3/4 x 7 7/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. H. Kenneth Palmer
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2826

Mask depicting a human face with a hornbill bird on the forehead, beak down. There are wing-like projections on either side of the bird. There is a row of gridlines across each wing-like projection and across the forehead with a bump at either end. There is a raised bump on the forehead above the nose. The eyebrows are arches of gridlines and the cheeks are scarred with a stripe of gridlines, interruped by the nose. The eyes are narrow slits. There is a rectangular projection on either side, at the level of the eye, that has five parallel lines. The circular mouth, showing teeth, projects from the face, with a small beard. There are cylindrical projections on either side of the mouth and a pointed chin.