Strength, distinction and serenity radiating portrait mask. Nicely patinated.
The mask is quite large and carefully carved, in typical Baoulé style. Everything, like the hair style and skin decorations by scars, is artfully elaborated. However, just as with many other Mblo masks, it has deviated from too rigid symmetry. Because these masks portray living humans (with often asymmetrical faces), and not the idealistic souls of ancestors.
Mblo representations consist of a series of dances, which are becoming increasingly complex and more important and culminate in a tribute to the most distinguished member of the community. This individual is represented by the wearer of the mask, or more still by the mask itself.
- Indigenous object name
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- Ivory Coast
- 2nd half 20th century
- Vintage - used with visible signs of wear
- Sold with stand
- 43×21×20 cm
- 1.75 kg