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Goli Baule Kplé kplé mask (N° 20848)

This reduced version of the African kplé kplé mask, the least important in the hierarchy of African Goli masks, has hollowed-out eyes topped by protruding pupils, and its mouth forms a rectangle engraved with teeth. These teeth were traditionally filed down in young people. According to some authors, the female kplekple mask (Masques africains Barbier-Mueller, p.116) is red. Vogel (Baule) indicates on the other hand 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. Abraded polychrome patina.
Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " Goli" family, this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, appears briefly during the day and then in the evening in order to announce the coming of its kinsman in the guise of the goli glin or the kpwan. It is during events such as epidemics or funerals that its manifestation occurred among the Wan and the Baule of Côte d'Ivoire, in order to conciliate the favors of the "amwin" spirits dispensers of prosperity, health or even security. Nowadays, it appears during festive events, the Goli replacing little by little all other masked dances, whether they are sacred or for entertainment.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Weight2.00 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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