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About sixty ethnic groups live in Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baule, in the centre, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practising hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro whose cults and masks they have borrowed.


Kplé-kplé Mask
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This circular African mask, says Junior, has hollowed-out eyes topped with protruding pupils, it has a rectangular mouth in which a dentition is chiseled, in reference to the traditional image of teeth in young people. 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, is considered in some cases as a male mask, kplekple yassoua or yaswa , as opposed to the kplekple bla feminine. He appears briefly during the ...


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Statue Baoule
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Ex-collection French African art.
This Waka-Sona African Statue, being of wood in baoulé, evokes a assed oussou, being from the earth. It is part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia . The entire body and face are decorated with rectangular checkerboard patterns in reference to tribal scarifications, and parallel lines in relief depicting bracelets. The character holds a beard that was stiffened by shea oil anointings. These statues were kept on the altar olyo where sacrifices were made to the spirits. Irregular and grainy ...


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Baoule head
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The various checkerboard patterns relating to traditional scarifications, the hairstyle on which the braids are finely engraved, canons of Baoulé beauty, form a recurrence in Baule sculpture. This head with these characteristics is a remnant of a waka sona statue.
Brown satin patina. Desication cracks and abrasions.
About sixty ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and masks carved. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé , Baulé , within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in baoulé, evoke a assié oussou, being of the earth. They are one of a type of statues ...


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Goli Mask
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This flat, circular African mask, the least important in the hierarchy of African Masks of the Goli, equipped 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 mask kouassi gbe or kplekple , according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) is 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 ...


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Amuin Baule Leopard
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Embodying a "being-force" or amwin, this sculpture could evoke a hyena, whose threatening mouth, provided with fangs, is of the same type as those of the statues of monkeys and the conjuration masks of the Baule. The patina, old, is made up of granular heaps, scattered, resulting from numerous ritual libations.
The African art of the Baule, an Akan group established in the southeast of the Ivory Coast, includes a vast 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 ...


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Spoon Baule
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The usual objects have always been the mediums of choice for the artistic expression of African sculptors, especially in Côte d'Ivoire. The rice spoons of the Baoulé, and the neighbouring Dan, were not only intended to be offered to the most hospitable woman in the community, as a trophy. They were used at community meals closing traditional festivals and ritual ceremonies but were also used in fertility rituals: rice was then thrown on the crowd to ensure protection and fertility.

The handle of this ceremonial spoon or shovel is made up of a miniature of the Goli face mask named Kplé kplé yasua, worn by teenagers. These masks exist in black and red, male and female, and dance in turn, but this attribution varies from village to village. The ornamentation of this prestigious ...


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Statue Baoule
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Ex-collection of French African art.

The African male figure Waka-Sona, " being of wood," in baoulé, çi-contre, evokes a besieged oussou, being of the earth. It is part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate the revelations of the beyond. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, masculine, the blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia . The whole body and face are decorated with rectangular checkerboard patterns in reference to tribal scarification, and ringlets representing bracelets. The beard was stiffened by anointing with shea oil. These statues were kept on the altar bo osu where sacrifices were made to the spirits. Irregular and ...


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Baoule Mask
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African mask , for entertainment, which can therefore, according to Baule tradition, be seen by women. This sculpture of African art has a dark patina. The hairstyle is formed of buns braided in shells. The face is delicately underlined with traditional scarifications called "ngole". These portrait masks of the Baoulé, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest Baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. . The latter are named, according to the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc... Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications, etc... Also called Gbagba, they personify ...


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Baule Ndoma face mask
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This African Baoulé mask, an African sculpture called A portrait mask or Ndoma, features braided hair flanked by two side duvets. The face features the traditional scarficions called " ngole". Dark brown surface mattified with a clay coating.
These portraits of the Baoulé, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the peculiarity of manifesting themselves at the end of the entertainment dance ceremonies. The latter are named, depending on the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc. Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications. They perform during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits of personalities, staging ...


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Baoule figure
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Western influences in African artbaoulé .
Commonly called "colon" but sometimes however embodying a type of "ideal spouse" according to individual criteria, this male figure, coated with a softened polychrome patina, is depicted in Western garb(African Art Western Eyes, Baule", Vogel, p.253 to 257). Two types of statues are produced by the Baule in the ritual context: Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baule, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the diviners komien, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of statues, made according to the indications of the diviner, are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian ...


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Baule statue
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A communication tool with the spiritual world or blolo supposed to promote fertility, this sculpture offers the canons of Baoulé beauty, braided hairstyle collected in shells, scarified motifs in relief, round projecting calves.
Burgundy brown satin patina.
These figures received offerings and oily libations. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual context: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke a assié oussou, being of the earth. They are one of a type of statues intended to be used as medium tools by Komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from beyond. The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or female, the blolo bia.
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Baule Monkey
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This cynocephalic monkey with a crossed hands has a stretched bust worn by stocky lower limbs. The figure is frozen in an attitude of supplication. There are several representations of the same type, with different names depending on the use that is made of them. They were mistakenly named Gbékré (mouse) because of Delafosse's misunderstanding of two cults" (Boyer, "Baulé" 5Continents). Often linked to the cult Mbra of divination and possession, they belong to the group of "êtres-force" or amwin , intermediaries between God and men and given to the Baoulé by their Creator, as well as the sacred masks whose wide gaping jaw they share. It would also be a minor deity named barked . Erosions, cracks. Aimed at propitiatory purposes, these sculptures amwin or objects of power, were to ...


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Baoule statue
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Baoulé African art ancestor statue, this Waka-Sona, Waka sran, "being of wood" in Baoulé, embodies aassié oussou, b>being of the earth, genius of nature. It is one of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien, or "komienfoué" soothsayers, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate revelations from the afterlife or blolo . The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the blolo bian or female, the blolo bia.
In order to give them hold, the braided beards of Baoulé men were coated with shea butter. . Black satin patina. erosions.


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Baoule mask
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Ex-french african art collection.
African mask , intended for entertainment ceremonies and therefore, according to the Baule tradition, could be seen by women. The headdress, in the form of a mitre, has braided shells. The traditional scarifications called "ngole" form a slight relief on the face. Smooth polychrome patina. These portrait masks of the Baule, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. Depending on the region, these masks are called bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc. .... Each of these masks is distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and choice of scarification, etc... Also called Gbagba, they personify ...


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Baule/ Yaure Kpwan Goli mask
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African mask polychrome, intended for entertainment ceremonies and thus, according to Baule tradition, could be seen by women. The high, mitered headdress figures braided shells. The traditional scarifications called "ngole" form a slight relief on the face. The end of one of the braids is missing. These portrait masks of the Baule, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. These are named, depending on the region, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc.... Each of these masks are distinguished by hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc... Also called Gbagba, they personify graceful young girls or men whose ...


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Baule mask with drummer figure
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Distinctive of African masks Baoulé known as portrait masks, this "senior" mask named Kpwan is surmounted by a statuette of a musician. The face bears the ngole motifs of ethnic scarifications, eyelids underlined with kaolin, a rounded mouth, a decorative border around it. The hairstyle evokes a meticulous arrangement of hair.

These Baoulé portrait masks, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest Baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. . These are named, depending on the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc.... Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications, etc... and appear in a ...


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Baoulé mask
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This distinctive face of Baule African masks, known as portrait masks, features the ngole ethnic Baule scarifications.
These idealized portrait masks of the Baule, ndoma ( or "double", "copy") that celebrate a character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. These are named, depending on the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc....  The dancer's clothes could also be those of the person evoked, with the latter dancing alongside him or her. Each of these masks differ in hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc... Also called Gbagba , they personify graceful young girls or men whose valor or qualities of integrity are renowned.  The new generations are gradually replacing these dances Mblo called Gbagba in ...


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Baule Waka Sona statue
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This statuette is represented frontally, in a confident posture, hands in the pockets. The oversized feet are joined. Abraded polychrome patina. Some sixty ethnic groups populate the Ivory Coast, including the Baule, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture just like the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and sculpted masks. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé, Baulé, within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona statues, "being of wood" in Baoulé, evoke an assié oussou, being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits in order to communicate revelations from the beyond. The second type of ...


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Baoulé statue
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The "inverted doubles" in African art sculptures in Baule
A brilliant black patina covers this sculpture from Côte d'Ivoire depicting a seated woman, breastfeeding her child. Native desiccation cracks and restorations.
About sixty ethnic groups inhabit Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé, in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, practicing hunting and agriculture as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and masks. sculpted. Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé , Baulé , within the ritual framework: The Waka-Sona , "being of wood" statues in baoulé, evoke a assié oussou , being of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by komien diviners, the latter being selected by the asye ...


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Baoulé Mask
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Ex-collection French African art.
.This distinctive face of the Baule African masks known as mask-portraits presents on the space formed by the forehead and the temples the signs ngole of the scarifications of the ethnic group. The careful arrangement of the braids forms round shells. At the top, figures Waka-Sona, "being of wood" in baoulé, evoking besieged oussou, geniuses of the earth, are enthroned. The mask, however, has many similarities with those of the neighboring Yaureans.
These portrait masks of the Baule, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. The latter are named, according to the regions, bedwo ...


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Ex-collection African Belgian art.
This large African mask Baoulé, sculpture named mask-portrait or Ndoma, has a braided hairstyle gathered in shells. The placid physiognomy of the face, with half-closed eyes, is enhanced by scarifications called "ngole". Smooth satin patina.
These Baoulé portrait masks, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest Baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies. These are named, according to the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc... Each of these masks are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications. They occur during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits by ...


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