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Gothamgallery Fine African Art - Mali Senufo Kpelie Tribal Mask For Sale
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Superb African West Coast / Mali Senufo Kpelie Mask
Height: 38 Centimeters
Measurement Mask Only
Mid 20th Century
Highly stylized mask oval hollow form with projections figure superstructure dark patina
US East Coast - Estimated $15.00
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CONDITION Minor wood deterioration, worn areas, chips and scrapes, fine age cracks, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items.
BACKGROUND A central concept in Senufo religion is a female ancestral spirit called ancient mother, the sacred guiding spirit of each poro society. The Senufo produce a rich variety of sculptures, mainly associated with the poro society, to which all adult men belong and which maintains the continuity of religious and historical traditions, especially through the cult of the ancestors. Several types of mask are used depending upon the occasion. The kpelie, a human face with projections all around, is said to remind initiates of human imperfection. Danced by men, these masks perform as female characters.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly
influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see
why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional
object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent
tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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