African art > African mask > Baule Mask
This heavy mask in the mask-portrait category evokes an elderly man's face, surmounted by an ancestor figure. Aesthetic characters, such as checkered keloids, sign ngole in the center of the eyebrow arch, a hairstyle carefully engraved with braids, are classically present. The hem is equipped with a cotton canvas pad to protect the top of the dancer's head.
Oiled reddish brown patina, localized erosions, few cracks.
These portrait masks of the Baoulé, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the peculiarity of manifesting themselves at the end of the dance ceremonies of entertainment. The latter are named, depending on the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc. Each of these masks ...