Ancient African zoomorphic Baoulé mask, whose carved, twisted horns symbolize aggressiveness and destructive power. A sacrificial victim for offerings and a metaphor for pugnacity, the Baoulé mask-ram is an allegory of strength. This mask appeared in the company of human masks during various ceremonies, including funerals or nowadays during visits by distinguished guests.
Black, ivory, and burgundy. The end of one of the horns is damaged.
According to Baoulé mythology, a royal ancestor had to sacrifice his son to cross a river. This event is at the origin of the name of the Baoulé, Bauli, "the son is dead". They represent the majority of the population of Côte d'Ivoire. In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects a priori had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are a pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of the sculptors. The latter, mainly farmers, carry out this activity in addition. Some of them also produce pieces for neighboring ethnic groups. The creative talent remains however linked to the occult power of the craftsman, to the ritual requirements surrounding the work of wood.
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