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Baoule Mask (N° 25357)

Ex-collection of Belgian African art.
The Baoulé people (name taken from a legend, "Bauli", "the son is dead") form one of the largest tribes in Côte d'Ivoire.
The African dance masks Mblo are part of one of the oldest Baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character whose certain aesthetic characteristics will be privileged. They occur during dance events accompanied by music and songs, such as celebrations, visits by personalities, entertainment featuring various satirical scenarios. This face imbued with a serene expression forms a "portrait" mask ndoma. The visual effect manifested thanks to the curves and rounding exudes great softness. When the subject of a portrait mask dies, the mask is no longer used. Each of these masks is distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications.
Ocher brown matte patina, speckled. Minor erosions. Height on base: 41 cm.  


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OriginEx. coll. belge Mercier
CountryCote d'Ivoire
Height cm30
Width17 cm
Weight1.17 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1960
Socle includedYes

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