BAULE MASK 119, Ivory Coast

Photographs © Tim Hamill

 BAULE
Mask 119
13.5" high x 7" wide x 5" deep
$400

The Baule are one of the Akan peoples. They moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago and adpted masking traditions from their neighbors, the Guro, Senufo and Yaure peoples. There are three basic types used in a special dance of rejoicing called Goli, symbolizing the social order. This double portrait mask is a Ndoma (an idealized portrait mask of a pair of twins used at the close of ceremonies.) Although twins, they have different hair styles and scarification.

Although elegantly carved, this Baule mask shows no evidence of age or use and was probably made to be sold. The mask includes a bite bar and a band of rubber to hold the mask on the wearer's head.

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