Kple Kple Lunaire Mask


Artwork explanation

Goli is a daylong spectacle that normally involves the whole village and includes the appearance of four pairs of masks. The four pairs of masks appear, two by two, in a fixed order. First a pair of Kple Kple, next a pair of Goli Glen, third a pair of horned face masks (Kpan Pre) and finally a pair of human faced masks with crested hair-dos (Kpan). Although each pair of masks comprises both male and female aspects, the first two pairs are essentially considered male in character and the second two female.

Kple Kple, the junior male masks are the first to appear. They are usually worn by young boys and their dance is said to be easiest – a contained but rapid stamping dance, the dancers’ body held upright, gliding on a cloud of dust and a blur of raffia cuffs. The pair is distinguished by color; the male mask is painted red and the female mask is painted black (this designation is reversed in some villages).

It can be performed both as entertainment and in the funeral of important men.

Distinguishing Features:

It is a very minimalistic mask carved from wood.  There are two small triangular holes cut, which enable the wearer to see.  The rectangular mouth is very common among this style of mask.  The predominantly red and white coloring emphasizes the few details.  The circular face represents the life-giving force of the sun, while the horns symbolize the great power of the buffalo.


Exhibition history

CAMA Gallery | Cote dIvoires Peoples | Exhibition | Cote d Ivoire

Tehran Gallery

Cote d Ivoire

solo exhibition, 07 December - 27 December


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Kple Kple Lunaire Mask - 1900

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