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Baule/Yaure Ndoma mask (N° 20269)

This Baule African mask haloed by a fine decorative border, called a portrait mask or Ndoma, presents a placid physiognomy, with half-closed eyelids, raised by the scarifications named "ngole".
Dark brown glossy surface. 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 region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc.... Each of these masks differ in hairstyles, placement and choice of scarification. They perform during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits of personalities, staging various satirical scenarios. The Gbagba of the Baule personify graceful young girls or men whose valour 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 néerlandaise
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height26
Width18
Weight0.60 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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