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Baoule Ndoma Mask (N° 19111)
Ex-collection of French African art.
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This African Baule mask, a sculpture called a mask-portrait or Ndoma, has a large rounded crest. The placid physiognomy, with modestly lowered eyelids, is raised by scarification called " ngole". Dark brown glossy surface.
These Baule portrait masks, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies, which are called, depending on the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc....
Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarification.
They are performed during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits of personalities, staging various satirical scenarios. The Gbagba of the Baoulé personify graceful young girls or men whose valour or qualities of integrity are reputed. The new generations are gradually replacing these dances called Gbagba in some villages, retaining most of the old conventions, with the Kpan Kpan dance, whose masks raise societal issues or refer to political projects.
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