Kpele Kpele Mask
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Artist:   Baule, Goli Society  
Title:   Kpele Kpele Mask  
Date:   19th century  
Medium:   Wood, reconstructed raffia collar  
Dimensions:   44 x 26 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (111.8 x 67.3 x 44.5 cm) (horns)  
Credit Line:   The William Hood Dunwoody Fund  
Location:   Gallery Not on view  

The kpele kpele mask represents the junior male element in a series of four mask types that appear in pairs in the Goli ceremony. The Goli dances are performed at elders' funerals and as village entertainment. The dance was introduced to the Baule by the neighboring Wan people around 1900. The four sets of dancers are symbols of the structure of society and the inter-relationships of men, women and the social order.

Object Description  
Classification:   Mask (Do Not Use)  
Physical Description:   Goli Dance Mask, wood with pigment and horns  
Creation Place:   Africa, Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa region, ,  
Accession #:   62.37  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts