African mask_ Kple Kple mask

Let’s look at one type of mask that we never referred to before: Kple Kple mask

The Kple Kple mask is from the Baoule community in Ivory Coast.


Kple Kple mask (Ivory Coast)

Kple Kple mask (Ivory Coast)




 The face refers to the sun, and the sunbeams are represented by polychromed triangles.This type of mask is usually used in commemorative, agricultural and burial ceremonies. The mask would generally be worn with a raffia (grass) costume attached to the lower section of the mask reaching to below the waist with a grass skirt and other grasses covering the body and legs.

Below you will see an image of a ceremony when the Kple Kple mask was used.




Baule masked dancers of the Goli society, Kondeyaokro village, Côte d’Ivoire. Photograph by Eliot Elisofon, 1972




~ by myafrikart on November 18, 2008.

2 Responses to “African mask_ Kple Kple mask”

  1. nice pics

  2. […] Kple Kple mask We already talked about the Kple Kple mask in another note: […]

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