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Bird Mask - Wood - Mblo - Baule - Ivory Coast

Bird Mask - Wood - Mblo - Baule - Ivory Coast

HEIGHT: 39 cm 46 cm on metal stand ( included in your package ).

CONDITION: Shiny patina with remains of offerings

In Baule communities, mblo performances feature masked dancers who impersonate familiar subjects, ranging from animals to human caricatures. Mblo dances culminate in a performance that pays tribute to the community’s most admired member. The honored individual is referenced by a mask conceived as his or her artistic "double" or "namesake.

While such works may depict either men or women, they were often commissioned by a man to honor a female relative or created by a carver in homage to a particular woman's dance skills and beauty. Because of their importance, only the best dancers are eligible to wear portrait masks in performance. On such occasions it is required that the portrait's subject, or "double," be present to accompany it.

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David Norden is a third generation antique dealers, dealing in African Art in Antwerp-Belgium since 1992.

Object Bird Mask
Indigenous object name Mblo
Ethnic group/ culture Baule
Region/ country Ivory Coast
Material Wood
Period 2nd half 20th century
Condition Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 39×15×9 cm
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