Portrait mask - Wood, polychrome painted - Mblo - Baule - Côte d'Ivoire

Description
Portrait mask - Wood, polychrome painted - Mblo - Baule - Côte d'Ivoire
about second third of last century - Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear

The Baule masks are among the most sought-after 'classical' masks of West Africa. This is particularly true for the type of ‘Mblo’ masks worn in the gba gba dance, which is considered a woman’s dance, because women are expected and allowed to take part in it. It is a dance performed as entertainment on rest days or during mourning ceremonies for people associated with this dance.
Beautiful patina on the inside and outside, several delicate cracks from age.

Lot details
Object
Portrait mask
Indigenous object name
Mblo
Ethnic group/ culture
Baule
Region/ country
Côte d'Ivoire
Material
Wood, polychrome painted
Period
about second third of last century
Condition
Fair condition, used with visible signs of wear
Sold with stand
No
Dimensions
37×17×0 cm
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