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BAULE, BO NUN AMUIN MASK 9, wood and pigment, 21.5", $1000, Ivory Coast
This object has been vetted as being authentic with signs of use and age.
The Baule are one of the Akan peoples. They moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago and adopted masking traditions from their neighbors, the Guro, Senufo and Yaure peoples. Bo nun amuin, the sacred and fearsome bushcow/antelope men's masks, kept in the bush and hidden from women and children, show the serious and powerful potential of Baule spirits.
This mask has a moveable lower jaw.
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