Mask - Wood - Kpwan Goli - PROVENANCE Jan Kusters - Baule - West Africa

Description
Mask - Wood - Kpwan Goli - PROVENANCE Jan Kusters - Baule - West Africa
1st half 20th century - Excellent

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).

Lot details
Object
Mask
Indigenous object name
Kpwan Goli - PROVENANCE Jan Kusters
Ethnic group/ culture
Baule
Region/ country
West Africa
Material
Wood
Period
1st half 20th century
Condition
Excellent
Sold with stand
Yes
Dimensions
40×18×15 cm
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