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Goli Baule's Kplé Kplé Mask (N° 17275)
Ex-collection French African art.
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This flat, circular African mask, the least important in the hierarchy of African Goli masks, with hollowed-out eyes topped with protruding pupils, offers a rectangular mouth in which a teeth is chiseled, in relation to the traditional image of teeth among young people. It is topped with arched horns. The female kplekple mask, according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) is said to be red. Vogel (Baule) indicates, however, that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine in black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. Usually preceding the manifestation of a series of family masks. Goli, this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, appears briefly during the day and then in the evening to announce the coming of his relatives in the guise of goli glin or kpwan. It was during events such as epidemics or funerals that its event took place among the Wans and the Baoulé of Côte d'Ivoire, in order to reconcile the favors of the spirits of the 'amwin' providers of prosperity, health or safety. Today, it appears at festive events, the Goli gradually replacing all other masked dances, whether sacred or entertainment.
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