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Mask Baule Kplé of Goli (N° 21284)

This African circular mascot, known as a "junior," has a crenellated border, with hollowed-out eyes topped by protruding conical pupils, and features a rectangular mouth with chiseled teeth in it, in reference to the traditional filing of teeth in the young. Animal ears are depicted on the rounded horns. The female kplekple mask, according to some authors (Barbier-Mueller African Masks, p.116) is said to be red. Vogel ("Baule"), on the other hand, indicates 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. Maroon brown patina.
Usually preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " Goli" family, this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, is considered in some cases to be a male mask, kplekple yassoua or yaswa , as opposed to the female kplekple bla . He appears briefly during the day and then in the evening to announce the coming of his kinship in the guise of the goli glin or kpwan . Its lustrous patina is black and beige. It was during events such as epidemics or funerals that its manifestation occurred among the Wan and Baule, in order to curry favor with 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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EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height54
Width32
Weight1.40 Kg
Socle inclusOptional

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