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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.


Baoulé maternity figure
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A tribal sculpture depicting a woman sitting with a child, she displays traditional keloid scars and a hairstyle whose chiseled braids on the wood form a large shell. A bust and a long neck give elegant volumes to this statue expressing a peaceful concentration. Grey-brown speckled patina, kaolin-encrusted residue. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: The statues Waka-Sona, " be of wood " in baoulé, evoke a asssouou, be of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komien, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of statues, made according to the soothsayer's instructions, are the spouses of the afterlife, male, ...


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Statue Baule Waka Sona
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The statuary of African art of the Baule
Altade and meditative physiognomy, concentrated, for this figure embodying a Baule leader imbued with serene assurance. The concept of beauty of the Baoulé, thanks to the numerous checkerboard motifs representing the scarifications, and the elaborate headdress on which the braids are finely engraved, asserts itself here again. The modeling of the lower limbs, illustrating vigour, forms an aesthetic constant among the baoulé cannons.
Black brown satin patina, residual kaolin inlays. Some 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the centre, Akans from Ghana, a people of the savannah, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed ritual cults and carved masks. Two types of statues are produced by ...


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Baule Ndoma Mask
African art > African mask > Baoulé Mask

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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Kplekple Kplé Mask Baoulé de Côte d Ivoire
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African art > African mask > Baule Mask

This circular African mask, known as " junior", with a surface made up of embossed checkerboards, has hollowed eyes and a rectangular mouth in which teeth are engraved in reference to the traditional image.  Zoomorphic elements in the form of short horns meet in a bow at the top. The female mask 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 is painted black. It is likely that this allocation varies from village to village. This form copy yet one of the many variations in garnet red, black and white tones. Generally preceding the manifestation of a series of masks of the " family Goli ", this circular mask with rounded horns ...

Baoulé/Yohouré Moon Mask
African art > African mask > Baule Mask

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 " warm-up " the scene before the appearance of larger masks. This circular mask with a chiseled border offers a face with mats in three lobes that can be seen on many baoulé and yohouré masks. The high forehead, the seat of intelligence and wisdom, has a median scarification in relief. The half-closed eyes reinforce the interiority of the expression.
Light is missing on the lower inner contour. The particularly smooth and sainy surface reflects a range of warm browns.
The African art of the Baoulé, an Akan group established in the south-east of Côte d'Ivoire, has a wide ...


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Baule comb, Baoulé
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African art > Usual african items > Baoulé comb

Some 60 ethnic groups populate Côte d'Ivoire, including the Baoulé in the centre, Akans from Ghana, a people of the savannah, hunting and farming, as well as the Gouro from whom they borrowed the cults and masks. The basic unit is lineage, under the responsibility of an elder, whose functions are political and religious.
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. A refined accessory, the comb is an essential tool for shaping the sumptuous crépée and tattooed hairstyles of Baoulé men and women. Here he wears five teeth, and his sleeve is embellished with engraved motifs similar to those engraved on the masks of the ethnic group. Ref. In: ...


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Ivory Coast Monkey Mask
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African art > African mask > Baule Mask

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
This sacred African mask, of conjuring, comes from one of the many Baoulé cults that would include seven masks.  It is the powerful embodiment of a force being U-002amwin".  This mask could be related to harvest ceremonies.  Animal masks always accompanied the portrait masks.
This model has a plastron trimmed with raffia fibers that concealed the ties of the dancer's costume.
According to the mythology baoulé , a royal ancestor had to sacrifice his son to cross a river. This event is the origin of the name of the Baoulé , Bauli ,"The son died". They make up the majority of Côte d'Ivoire's population. Artists of African art have produced very elegant and diverse works, including many masks.  There are also so-called "entertainment masks ...


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Statue singe Baule Aboya /Mbotumbo
African art > African Statues > Baule Monkey

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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Baoulé Ndoma Mask
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African art > African mask > Baule Mask

This large Baoulé mask, carved from dense wood, named portrait mask or Ndoma, appears during visits by dignitaries. It has a crest in the form of a zoomorphic figure. The serene appearance of the face, with modestly lowered eyelids, is enhanced by scarifications called " ngole". The hairstyle is streaked with mats carefully collected and divided into three parts. Lustrous brown surface, locally thinned, dotted with residual inlays.
The Baoulé people (name from a legend, "Bauli", "The son died") forms one of the largest tribes in Côte d'Ivoire. 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 ceremonies of ...


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Baoulé Mask, Yaouré
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African art > African mask > Baule Mask

An African mask of entertainment that can be seen by women, this heavy piece of African art has a dark patina. The headdress is made up of four elegant braided shells. The face is delicately highlighted 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 peculiarity of manifesting itself at the end of the ceremonies of entertainment dances. 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, etc. Also called Gbagba , they personify graceful young girls or men whose valour or integrity qualities are ...


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Statue Baule
African art > African Statues > Statue Baoulé

This figure "Waka -Sona", "être of wood in baoulé", re-encloses bright red residual inlays alternating with a blackish patina mixed with an inked powder. The piece was carved from exceptionally dense wood. Both hands of perosnnage rest on the swollen abdomen. This gesture of life refers to parentage. Two types of Waka-Sona statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual setting: those that evoke an 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 Komian soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits 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 bia blolo . Some 60 ethnic groups populate Côte ...


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Large Mask Baoulé ram
African art > African mask > Baule Mask

Imposing tribal animal sculpture whose long carved horns, twisted, symbolize aggressiveness and destructive power. Sacrificial victim for offerings and metaphor of pugnacity, the baoulé mask-bomber is an allegory of strength. This mask appeared in the company of human masks during various ceremonies, including funerals or today during visits by distinguished guests.
Dense wood, satin patina, mahogany brown, black and white. Desication cracks.
According to the mythology baoulé , a royal ancestor had to sacrifice his son to cross a river. This event is the origin of the name of the Baoulé , Bauli ,"The son died". They make up the majority of Côte d'Ivoire's population. In Côte d'Ivoire, the most ordinary objects had to meet aesthetic criteria. Furniture, ornaments, utensils, ...


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Couple of statues Baoulé Asiè Usu
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The "geniuses of nature" in African art
Two types of statues are produced by the Baoulé in the ritual setting: The statues Waka-Sona , " being wood " in baoulé, evoke a assou soussou , be earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the komien soothsayers, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. When it comes to the representation of a couple, despite their characteristics comparable to the baoulé statues of mystical spouses, the effigies of baoulé couple still belong to the category of asiè usu or geniuss of nature . The second type of statues are the spouses of the afterlife, male, the Blolo bian or feminine, the blolo bia . The masculine effigy has a braided beard that the ...

Gbékré sé Baule oracle box
African art > African Jar > Baoulé box

Aimed at a practice still in use today in the Baoulé region of the south-west, the sculpture consists of a mediating tutelary figure, visibly in meditation, depicted in a sitting position against a circular receptacle. A vegetable fiber cord, forming a transport handle, encloses the lid. The object is engraved with parallel lines and checkerboards, the receptacle has in its lower part a circular frieze open. Heads representing mouse heads appear on the walls. A mouse, considered a messenger of the earth's deities, lived in the lower compartment of the object (mouse now absent...) and the successive arrangement of the elements it moved was read as an answer to the question posed to the soothsayer. The metal plate, under the box, was fitted and punctured so that the mice were in contact ...


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Baoule Ndoma Mask
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African art > African mask > Baule Mask

The soft harmony of the ovoid face, in which the mouth forms a barely prognath volume, is highlighted by a high headdress. The latter is divided into several braided shells forming a tiara. This piece of tribal art features an oiled reddish-brown patina, locally abraded. Reddish pigments and kaolin inlays appear. 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 are distinguished by the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications, etc. Also called Gbagba , they personify ...


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Large statue Baoulé Aboya / Mbotumbo
African art > African Statues > Baoule figure

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 ...


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Baulé Portrait Mask / Yaoure
African art > African mask > Baoulé Mask

Smeared with a locally scaled granular patina, this ndoma mask sculpted in dense wood stands out thanks to its high braided hairstyle arranged in shells and its collar adorned with polychrome diamonds. 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 ceremonies of entertainment dances. 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, etc. Also called Gbagba , they personify graceful young girls or men whose valour or integrity qualities are reputed. The new generations are gradually ...


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Statue Baule Asia usu
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African art > African Statues > Ancestor Baoulé

The Akan cults in African art
This figure "Waka -Sona", ", wood being in baoulé", is patinated by oil anointings. Many scarifications run through the anatomy of the effigy. Both hands rest in the umbilical region. This gesture of life evokes the link with the progeny, the protection of the ancestor. Dense wood, satin surface. Two types of Waka-Sona statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: those that evoke an 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 Komian soothsayers, the latter being selected by the asye usu spirits 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 bia blolo . Some 60 ...


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Maternity figure Asye usu Baule
African art > African Statues > Statue Baoulé

For baoules, seeing a woman's genitals can be fatal for a man. The depiction of a female figure, naked, not veiled with a cloth loincloth, poses a threat. She is probably the embodiment of a female goddess. Represented sitting, breastfeeding an infant, the figure shows the traditional keloid scars and a hairstyle whose chiseled braids on the wood form a large shell. Dark brown speckled patina, flaky.
Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: The Statues Waka-Sona, " be of wood " in baoulé, evoke a asssousou, be of the earth. They are part of a type of statues intended to be used as a medium tool by the soothsayers komien, the latter being selected by the spirits asye usu in order to communicate the revelations of the afterlife. The second type of ...


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Couple of celestial spouses Baule
African art > African Statues > Statues Baoulé

Property of the soothsayer komienfoué, sometimes intervening in the divinatory practices of the Mbra, this couple evoking assou, or "geniuses of nature", related to fertility, is depicted sitting in seats of the Type Akan. Hairstyles whose braids are gathered backwards, checkerboard scarifications dotted on the body, fine adornments of beads, are part of the features of the baoulé statuary. Heterogeneous dark patina chipped. Two types of statues are produced by the baoulé in the ritual framework: the statues Waka-Sona , " being wood " in baoulé, evoke a asssousou , be of the earth. They are part of a type 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. ...

Baule Ndoma Mask
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African art > African mask > Baoule Mask

Ex-collection French tribal art.
This African mask of the Baoulé offers a regular face with discreet traditional scarifications. Its abstract crest evokes baoulé combs in ivory. Tiny ears, which form with the diamond engraved necklace one of the stylistic conventions of the mask-portraits, are noteworthy. Dark brown shiny patina and kaolin highlights.
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 entertainment dances. 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 ...


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