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Baule Kpwan mask of Goli (N° 21328)
African mask, of entertainment, thus being able, according to the tradtion baule, to be seen of the women. This sculpture of African art has a colored patina. The high headdress, like a mitre, is made of braided shells. The face is delicately underlined by traditional scarifications called "ngole". 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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