Kpeli is an ancestor mask which is used during initiation & funeral ceremonies of the Poro society.
Although the occasions on which it is used may differ, it always represents an ancestor closely connected with the society's origin.
The funerals both commemorate the deceased and reintegrate the mourning relatives into the community, with the intention of creating the appropriate atmosphere for the deceased to leave the world of the living to enter the ancestral realm.
Christopher had entrusted this piece with Scott Rodolitz to be cleaned, as it had a completely green patina and at the time was completely encrusted. Scott had it restored.
Ex. Leonard Kahan Gallery, New York and Ex. Christopher and Genevieve McConnell collection.
Height: 12 ¼”
Width: 5 ⅞”
Customized stand included.