Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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kpelie mask
  • Senufo peoples
  • kpelie mask, late 1800s–1961
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 49 x 23.5 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 19 1/4 x 9 1/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2869

The stylized face has large flattened horns. It is a dark brown mask with white eyes, a long, thin nose and short red and white stripes above the eyes and on the cheeks. There are ears below horns. The handle-like projections beside the cheeks and at the bottom are divided, front from back.