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Mblo Baoule Mask (N° 12025)
Never appearing alone, this copy of Baoulé African Art Mblo mask features a refined headdress consisting of four buns. This distinctive face of the girl's masks presents, in the center of the eyebrow arch in the heart, a long nasal ridge surmounting a narrow open mouth forming like a whisper. Carved from a particularly dense wood, this piece of tribal art is endowed with a soft satin patina. Scarifications in use, and gold metal pellets, also lift the room. The internal batônnet allowing the dancer to hold the mask between the teeth is also always present. dance masks Mblo are part of one of the oldest baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character whose aesthetic characteristics will be preferred. They perform during danced events accompanied by music and songs, such as celebrations, visits to personalities, featuring various satirical scenarios. The Gbagba baoulé personify graceful young girls or men whose valour or qualities of integrity are reputed. The new generations are gradually replacing these Mblo dances called Gbagba in some villages, retaining most of the old conventions, with the dance Kpan Kpan, with masks raising societal problems or referring to political projects.