Baoulé African animal mask, whose horns symbolize aggressiveness and destructive power. A sacrificial victim for offerings and a metaphor for pugnacity, the ram in the form of a mask is an allegory of strength. This mask appeared in the company of human masks during various ceremonies, including funerals or nowadays during visits by distinguished guests.
Nuanced browns. The end of one of the horns has been restored by the previous owner.
According to Baoulé mythology, a royal ancestor had to sacrifice his son to cross a river. This event is at the origin of the name of the Baoulé, Bauli, "the son is dead". In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects a priori had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are a pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of the sculptors. The latter, mainly farmers, carry out this activity in addition. However, the creative talent remains linked to the occult power of the craftsman, to the ritual requirements surrounding woodworking.
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