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    Baule (Côte d'Ivoire, Western Africa)
    Portrait face mask
    Wood, fiber and metal
    Height: 15-1/2 inches

    The Baule people have a tradition of masking performance which features idealized 'portrait' masks of prominent individuals of the community. Most of these carvings depict women with delicate features, serene expressions, and lustrous surfaces. The masks would be kept in the home of the performer typically wrapped up in cloth in order to protect as well as increase anticipation for its appearance during a festival. The male performer attempts to express the qualities of the individual the mask represents through bodily movements.

    The oval face has small eyes and mouth. There is scarification on the sides of the mouth, the cheeks, and along the hairline. The coiffure frames the rounded forehead. Because there are no eye slits, the mask would not have been worn over the performer's face. There is minor wear on the interior of the mask; otherwise it is in excellent condition. A particularly attractive example of this classic mask form.


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    May, 2014
    16th Friday
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