BAULE METAL MASK 20, Ivory Coast

 

Photographs © Tim Hamill

BAULE, METAL MASK 20, 8.25", $80, Ivory Coast, SOLD

Most Baule masks are wood, these are made of a copper alloy by the complex traditional lost-wax process. They can be wall hung on a single pin, the smaller ones could be worn as well. The larger ones , without a top loop, have been wired for hanging.

Although elegantly made, most of these Baule metal masks show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

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