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Baule Ndoma mask (N° 13474)
This distinctive face of African masks of young girls presents, in the center of the heart-shaped eyebrow arch marked with the ngole sign, a long nasal bridge surmounting a hollowed-out mouth that seems to emit a breath. Its headdress divided into several braided shells is finely striated. This ancient piece of tribal art has an oiled patina, particularly polished in places, and granular remains. Reddish pigments appear around the raised rhombuses representing the scarifications. This mask shows abrasions from wear and tear, and the holes used to attach the raffia finery are visibly eroded by use.
These Baule portrait masks, ndoma , which are part of one of the oldest Baule artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies.These are named, depending on the region, bedwo , ngblo , mblo , adjussu , etc....
Each of these masks are distinguished by hairstyles, location and choice of scarification, etc...
Also called Gbagba , they personify graceful young girls or men whose valor or qualities of integrity are renowned. The new generations are gradually replacing these dances Mblo called Gbagba in some villages, retaining most of the old conventions, by the dance Kpan Kpan , whose masks raise societal issues or refer to political projects.
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