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Kpele Kpele Mask: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: November 21, 2009