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200446 - African Rare & Old Tribal Used Baule mask - Iv. Coast.

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200446 - African Rare & Old Tribal Used Baule mask - Iv. Coast.

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Iv. Coast: Rare and Old Tribal used African Baule mask.
Height: 31 cm.

 

This mask comes from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast and probably falls into a special grouping known as ‘portrait masks’. These masks are said to portray an honored person of the village who is celebrated during a ceremonial dance known as “Mblo”. It is an aesthetic performance in which this beautifully carved mask would be worn with a multicolored costume and danced in the most graceful manner by either the person it represents or a relative. The costume would have been attached to the mask by cords that were threaded through the holes in the back of the mask.

The Baoulé people are talented in African art. Their masks are renowned for their refinement, form diversity and the labor they represent. The masks do not only include face masks and human figurines, but also include a great variety of work in gold, bronze, and ivory.
Many Baoulé art objects are restricted to be seen only by the individual for whom it was made or by a specific group of people. They are often considered to be powerful spiritual objects. The most powerful spiritual objects are the men's sacred masks, bo nun amuin.