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Baule / Yaure Mask (N° 19248)

Ex-collection of Belgian African tribal art.
The features and scarifications of this African mask painted in a bright red, are raised with black. The headdress is made of four braided shells. This mask was used for entertainment parties and could therefore be seen by women. Slight abrasions of the lacquer.
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 can be distinguished by hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc... Also called Gbagba , they 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, keeping most of the old conventions, with the Kpan Kpan dance, whose masks raise societal problems or refer to political projects.  

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OriginEx. collection Mercier
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height40
Width24
Weight1.08 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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