Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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kpeli-yehe mask
  • unknown Senufo maker
  • kpeli-yehe mask, mid 1900s–1993
  • Where object was made: Côte d'Ivoire
  • wood, paint, pigment, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 x 14 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2821

The human face has goat-like horns on the forehead. The eyes appear closed, with a small slit. It has a small, pointed nose, pointing lips, and a vertical ridge down the chin. The face and horns are black, decoreated with lines of red and white. There is a scalloped line on the forehead, over three bumps topped with red, that arch over and under each eye. There is a "C" shape on either side of its red lips. The zigzag edge down the outer edge of the face has red and white lines, ending with a cylindrical projection.