This type Goli mask from the Baule was originally associated with the ancestor cult but today for for village entertainment, it has been painted with paints used on ships.
The Goli dances are performed during the funeral of high ranking and respected community members, but also to protect the village.
Interesting asymmetrical red scarification.
This type of masks with crested coiffure is called Kpwan and is representing Goli Glin's wife, the ideal woman ( info provided by Imodara ).
Provenance: Jan Kusters, collection Netherland
Documentation: Bo Nun Amuin: The Sacred Masks of the Baule Culture: Libby McArthur
Sold on a custom made metal stand ( included).
height: 40 cm 48cm on the custom made metal base.
Color ill.: Contextual photo showing the mblo, the dancing of Portrait mask (Mblo). Baule peoples (Côte d’Ivoire).