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Baule/ Yaure Kpwan Goli mask (N° 21404)

African mask polychrome, intended for entertainment ceremonies and thus, according to Baule tradition, could be seen by women. The high, mitered headdress figures braided shells. The traditional scarifications called "ngole" form a slight relief on the face. The end of one of the braids is missing. These portrait masks of the Baule, 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. These are named, depending on the region, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc.... Each of these masks are distinguished by hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc... Also called Gbagba, they personify graceful young girls or men whose valor or qualities of integrity are renowned. The new generations are gradually replacing these Mblo 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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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm46
Width20 cm
Weight1.55 Kg
Estimated datingfin xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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