carved elongated wooden Kpelie mask used during initiations. Dark natural patina with white and beige highlights. Raised scarification patterns on the cheeks and forehead. Stylized carving of three birds on the top of the head. Slit eyes with pouting circular mouth. Covered in a light earthen patina.
17” x 6”
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