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Bonu Amwin Baule helmet mask (N° 20124)
This African mask has a large toothed mouth allowing the vision of the dancer, horns and fangs. This mask of conjuration, watching over the respect of the social order, was reserved for a male association. It was only worn during the funerals of initiates. Abraded velvety surface. Discreet pink ochre highlights.
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The African art of the Baule, an Akan group established in the southeast of the Ivory Coast, includes a wide range of masks renowned for the sophistication of their decoration. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main features of the face of a beautiful young girl or a remarkable man, "portrait masks", which were exhibited during particularly theatrical events in which women played an important role, and on the other hand, masks of conjuration and initiation, which were used during ceremonies that were forbidden to them. Sacred masks, they could put their lives in danger, or at most their fertility. The animal mask of the Baule bonu amwin evokes a similar mask among the Senoufo named waniugo .
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