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Baule Mask (N° 18752)
Ex-collection French African art.
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This circular African mask, called "junior", has a crenellated border, with hollowed out eyes surmounted by protruding conical pupils. It has a rectangular mouth in which a set of teeth was chiselled, in reference to the traditional filing of teeth in young people. Reduced animal ears are shown on the rounded horns. The female kplekple mask, according to some authors (Barbier-Mueller African Masks, p.116) would be red. Vogel ("Baule"), on the other hand, indicates that in the Baule version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the female in black. It is likely that this attribution varies from village to village. Lacquered patina.
Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the family " Goli ", this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, is considered in some cases as a male mask, kplekple yassoua or yaswa , as opposed to the feminine kplekple bla . He appears briefly during the day and then in the evening to announce the arrival of his relatives in the form of goli glin or kpwan. Its glossy patina is black and beige.
It was during events such as epidemics or funerals that its manifestation occurred among the Wan and the Baoule, in order to reconcile the favors of the "amwin" spirits who were dispensers of prosperity, health and security. Nowadays, it appears during festive events, the Goli gradually replacing all other masked dances, whether sacred or for entertainment.
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