Bird Mask - Wood - Mblo - Baule - Ivory Coast

Description
Bird Mask - Wood - Mblo - Baule - Ivory Coast
2nd half 20th century - Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear

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.

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.

Lot details
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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