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Baule Ndoma small mask (N° 21185)

Numerous decorative, refined details adorn this African mask of reduced size. It presents a face with fine features surmounted by a braid bordered by a spiky diadem. The patina is dark, lustrous, punctuated with granular ochre residues.
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.These are named, according to the regions, 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 dances Mblo 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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OriginCollection française
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height27
Width14
Weight0.32 Kg
Estimated dating1970-80
Socle inclusOptional

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