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Baoulé Mask (N° 24103)

Appearing nowadays during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance, this African mask integrates all the masks associated with natural phenomena, such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, and "warms" the scene before larger masks appear. The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, includes a wide range of masks renowned for their quality, finesse and symmetry. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main features of the face of a very beautiful young girl or a remarkable man, "mask-portraits", which were exhibited during particularly theatrical events where women played a major role, the other masks of conjuration and initiation, intervening during ceremonies which were forbidden to them. Sacred masks, they could put their life in danger, or at most their fertility.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyBaoule
CountryCote d'Ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm27
Width25 cm
Weight1.20 Kg

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