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Mask - Wood - Mblo - Baule - Ivory Coast

Mask - Wood - Mblo - Baule - Ivory Coast

A finely carved Baule mask. Used to remember an ancestor, second half XXth century.

HEIGHT: 34 cm 49 cm on custom made metal stand ( included in your package ).
Probable age: Mid-XXth.

CONDITION: Shiny patina One chip missing on the back on the above part of the rim, abrasions around the eyes missing the original metal, ( see pictures)

PROVENANCE: From a private Antwerp family by inheritance.

Ivory Coast Baule portrait mask features namely eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth and eyes. In addition, the three lobbied coiffure, 3 scarification dots on forehead symbol of beauty. These masks where used during rites of passage into adulthood. and/or funerals The beard indicates that the person is an elder, someone who has created a family and deserves respect that comes with age and wisdom.

The Baule masks are from West Africa. The ‘Mblo’ masks dances during the Gba gba ceremony by woman. It is a dance performed as entertainment on rest days or during mourning ceremonies .

All our exclusive Art may be viewed or picked up in David Norden's Buy African Antiques Shop in Antwerp, or by appointment.

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

Object Mask
Indigenous object name Mblo
Ethnic group/ culture Baule
Region/ country Ivory Coast
Material Wood
Period 2nd half 20th century
Condition Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand Yes
Dimensions 34×17×14 cm
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