Appearing nowadays during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance, this African mask incorporates all the masks associated with natural phenomena, such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, and "warms up" the scene before larger masks appear. A chameleon figure is cut out at the top.
Glossy black patina.
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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