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African art - Baoule:

About 60 ethnic groups live in Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the center, Akans from Ghana, people of the savannah, hunting and farming as the Gouro whose cults and masks have borrowed.


Yohoure Mask, Yaure, "Je"
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Glossy dark patina for this African mask sculpted by artisans of the Yohouré ethnic group. Zoomorphic figures, referring to the spirits of the bush, form the crest of this mask of the lo . The tripartite hair chiseled with decorative motifs is an indicator of wealth. The delicate patterned brass-encrusted face and polished surface with bright reflections reveal the talent of African tribal art sculptors in Côte d'Ivoire.
The Yaouré are a subgroup of the Akan people present in Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Geographically close to the Baoulé and Gouros , the art yaouré was marked by the influence of these ethnic groups through attention to detail and aesthetics. African art masks Yaouré, or Yauré, whose Baoulé or Baule have similar models, are divided into two groups that are difficult ...


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Large statue Baoulé Aboya / Mbotumbo
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This sculpture of a cynocephalic monkey, exceptional in size, with a cross-section of the hands, has half-flexed intertwined lower limbs. In an attitude of supplication, it also has a belt made of vegetable fibers with a second round cut for offerings. 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 . For propitiatory purposes, these sculptures were to constitute the interior of the spirits to which offerings were presented and on which libations were practiced. Real monkey skulls frequently formed the character's head. The sculptures were kept ...

Ancestor statue Baule Asia usu
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This "Waka -Sona", ", wood-to-baouu", set on stocky, muscular legs suitable for agricultural work, grabs his beard as oil anointings stiffened. The high summit ridge that composes his hairstyle meets in three shells ending in braids. Many traditional checkerboard scarifications roam his body. A hand with de-measured fingers rests in the umbilical region. This gesture of life evokes the parentage on which he exercises his protection. Light wood, irregular satin surface.
Two types of statues Waka- Sona are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: those that evoke a assiè oussou, being of the earth, and which are part of a set of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komian, the latter being selected by the asye usu ...

Baule Ndoma Horned Mask
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Small African mask Baoulé, called portrait mask or Ndoma, which combines a face lashed with dark red, locally chipped, and ram horns symbolizing endurance and strength. Crack in the upper outline and restored on the left horn.
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 various satirical ...


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Baule Ndoma Mask
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Another variant of the African mask Baoulé called mask-portrait, this copy wears a janiform crest and presents, in the center of the eyebrow arch in the heart marked with the sign ngole , a delicately drawn nose, a narrow mouth in advance. Relief patterns are inscribed on the forehead, in relation to the scarifications. A thin crenellated necklace evokes a beard, and therefore a hermaphrodite character. This piece of African tribal art features a carmy red patina on which brown drippings remain. Residual ochre inlays in the hollows. Crack.
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 peculiarity of manifesting themselves at the end of the ceremonies of ...


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Moon Mask Baule Gbagba
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In the category of African masks associated with natural phenomena such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, this mask here in colorful version still appears during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance. Its wearer is supposed to 'warm up' scene before the appearance of larger masks. With a large decorative frieze in a dented halo, it adopts a forehead, seat of intelligence and wisdom, crossed by a median scarification in relief. Bright polychrome, smooth patina.
The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group based in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, features a wide 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 very beautiful girl or a remarkable man, ...


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Goli Kpled Mask
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This circular African mask, known as " junior", has hollowed-out eyes topped with protruding pupils, with a rectangular mouth in which a dentition is chiseled, in reference to the traditional image of teeth in young people. Reduced animal ears are shown on rounded horns, evoking an alert attitude to danger. The female mask kplekple, according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) would be red. Vogel (Baule) indicates, however, that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine is painted black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " family Goli ", this circular mask with rounded horns reminiscent of the antelope, is considered in some cases to ...


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Baoulé Ndoma Mask
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This African Mask Baoulé, a sculpture called portrait mask or Ndoma, features a crest with a central hemispheric element leaning on a panel flanked by two pendeloques. The placid appearance, with modestly lowered eyelids, is enhanced by the named scarifications. ngole. Glossy dark brown surface. 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 ...


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Statuette Baule Waka sona
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Statue Waka -Sona, 'being of wood' in baoulé, representing a slender young woman, wearing braided hair and then picked up in two parallel shells. It is probably a figure belonging to the category Blolo bia . . The dark brown patina is glossy, thinned by the abrasion on the reliefs. Long crack.
Two types of statues Waka-Sona are indeed produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: those that evoke a assid oussou, being from the earth, and are part of a set of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the Komian soothsayers, 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 female, the blolo bia .
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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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Goli Baule s Kplé Kplé Mask
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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 ...


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Large Mask Baoulé Kpan
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This distinctive face of African Masks Baoulé called portraits masks, here a mask 'senior' named Kpan , presents on the space formed by the forehead and temples the signs ngole of the scarifications of the ethnic group, the eyelids highlighted with kaolin, the lips rounded. The careful arrangement of the braids forms round shells. Carved from particularly dense wood, this piece of tribal art has a discreetly satiny brown patina. 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 ...


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Statue singe Baule Aboya /Mbotumbo
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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 ...

Baoulé Ndoma Mask
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Odential African mask Baoulé, known as portrait mask or Ndoma, it depicts a face lacquered in bright red in which slice the scarifications painted in black. At the central hull, oblong, finely braided hairstyle comes to combine a goatee under the chin. 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 peculiarity of manifesting itself at the end of the dance ceremonies of entertainment. The latter are named, depending on the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc. Each of these masks is distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications. They perform during dance events accompanied by music and songs, ...


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Goli s Kplé Kplé Mask
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This reduced version of the African mask, flat and circular, the least important in the hierarchy of African masks of the Goli, is surrounded by a thin decorative border, with hollowed eyes surmounted by protruding pupils, and its mouth forms a rectangle in which appears a dentition traditionally lined 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. Abraded carmine patina.
Dedicating the manifestation of a series of masks of the family " Goli ", this circular mask with rounded horns evoking the antelope, appears ...


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Goli Kplé Mask
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This flat, circular African mask, the least important in the hierarchy of African Goli masks, is lined with losangic motifs, equipped with hollowed-out eyes topped with protruding pupils, and has a rectangular mouth in which a dentition is chiseled, in relation to the traditional image of teeth in young people. It is surmounted by a figure displaying the same mask in miniature, clinging to the top horns. The female mask kplekple, according to some authors (African Barbier-Mueller Masks, p.116) would be red. Vogel (Baule) indicates, however, that in the Baoulé version of the Goli the male mask is painted red, and the feminine is painted black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " family Goli ...


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Colon figure Baoule Blolo bia
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By times named "colon", this statuette forms the embodiment of a spiritual husband, sculpted according to the soothsayer's instructions. In " African art, Western eyes" Susan Vogel reports that a figure of this type (p.255), an idealized spouse, is depicted dressed in a city dress because the husband is supposed to have a job in the city. The earthly spouse, through the worship of this spiritual double, expects to have invariably his resources, his favors and his protection. Abraded polychromy. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual setting: the statues Waka-Sona , " being of wood " in baoulé, evoke a assié oussou , being from the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komiefoué, the latter being selected by ...


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Small Baule/Yaoure mask
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This mask once again testifies to the excellence of the sculptors of Côte d'Ivoire, by mastering the model, the sense brought to the details thanks to the carvings of the headdress and collar, the refinement of the ornamentation. The smooth patina, dark brown with mahogany reflections, reflects the beauty of the skin of an idealized young woman. Use print on the forehead (rain)
These mask portraits of the Baoulé, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest baoulé artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, possess the peculiarity of themselves protest 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 ...


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Baoulé Moon Mask /Yohouré
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Appearing today during celebrations associated with the Gbagba dance, this African mask incorporates the set of masks associated with natural phenomena, such as the setting sun, the rainbow and the moon, and the stage before the appearance of larger masks. This circular mask with a thin decorative border offers a serene face with a delicately engraved three-lobed headdress. The front, seat of intelligence and wisdom, is highlighted. The half-closed eyes reinforce the interiority of the expression. Smooth, satin, dark brown patina with residual inlays.br-The African art of the Baoulé, Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, features a wide range of masks renowned for their quality, finesse and symmetry. On the one hand, these African masks transposing the main facial ...


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Statue Baoulé Waka Sona
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This naturalistic sculpture forms an unusual representation of a "Waka -Sona", "being of wood in baoulé", with hands in the back enclosed by ties. Many checkerboard scarifications run through the captive's anatomy. A certain thinness, illustrated by the realism of raised ribs, constitutes an additional detail of his anatomy. This singular object was probably intended to benefit the reputation of its holder, the soothsayer. Light brown patina on which blackish film residues of ritual libation remain.
Two types of statues Waka- Sona , or "Waka-Sran" are produced by baoulé in the ritual setting: those that evoke a assiè oussou, be of the earth, and which are part of a set of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komien, the ...


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Baule loom
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Everyday aesthetics for African art in Côte d'Ivoire. In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, fabrics, are pretext for a refined artistic expression on the part of sculptors.
The cotton weaving technique has spread to West Africa thanks to the displacements of the Dioulas. Prior to colonization, cotton-fibre textiles, the latter described as " white gold", were also used as a bargaining chip. Prestigious adornments, the woven ceremonial loincloths, sometimes in large numbers, accompanied the chefs in their tomb, among the Kuba, but also among the Baoulé.
This is a smooth pulley stirrup with a head. Delicately chiseled with diamonds, the piece is surmounted by a face imbued with a character of serene ...


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