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Baoule Kplé mask (N° 21325)

This flat, circular African mask, the least important in the hierarchy of African Goli masks, has hollowed-out eyes topped by protruding pupils, and a rectangular mouth in which a set of teeth is chiseled, in connection with the traditional filing of teeth among young people. It is surmounted by hooped horns, symbolizing the antelope.
The female mask kouassi gbe or kplekple , according to some authors (Masques africains Barbier-Mueller,p.116) would be red. Vogel (Baule), on the other hand, indicates that in the Baule version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the female in black. It is likely that this attribution varies from village to village. Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the "Goli" family, this mask appears briefly during the day and then in the evening in order to announce the arrival of its relatives in the guise of the goli glin or the kpwan. It is during events such as epidemics or funerals that its manifestation occurred among the Wan and the Baule of Côte d'Ivoire, in order to conciliate the favors of the "amwin" spirits dispensers of prosperity, health or security. Nowadays, it appears during festive events, the Goli replacing little by little all other masked dances, whether they are sacred or for entertainment.  

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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height60
Width35
Weight1.25 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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