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Baoule Moon Mask (N° 18755)
Ex-collection French African art.
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Appearing nowadays during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance, this African mask integrates the set of masks associated with natural phenomena, such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, and "warms" the scene before the appearance of more important masks.
This circular mask with a chiseled border offers a face topped with mats joined in three lobes that can be seen on many baoulé and yohouré masks. The forehead, the seat of intelligence and wisdom, is emphasized by the raised scarification. The half-closed eyes reinforce the interiority of the expression.
Brown and black patina with orange reflections.
The African art of the Baoule, Akan group established in the South-East of Ivory Coast, includes a wide range of masks known for their quality, finesse and symmetry. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main features of the face of a very beautiful girl or a remarkable man, "portrait masks", which were exhibited during particularly theatrical events where women played an important role, and on the other hand, conspiracy and initiation masks, intervening during ceremonies that were forbidden to them. Sacred masks, they could endanger their lives, or at most their fertility.
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