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Baoule Ndoma Mask (N° 13276)

Ex-Belgian African art collection.
Volumineux African mask of the Baoulé ethnic group, of the mask-portrait type, three braided shells form his hairstyle. The eyebrow arch, whose center is the sign ngole joins an edge of the flat nose, and an oval mouth revealing a symmetrical dentition. Small growths, one of which is missing, crown the forehead, in relation to the scarifications. Keloids form patterns on the temples, highlighted by reduced ears. Carved from a particularly dense wood, this piece of tribal art has been encased in white kaolin, with inlays remaining visible. Grainy brown-black patina, satin contours, desication crack. Acquired by Guy Mercier, consultant for the Solvay Group, who began to collect a vast collection of African tribal art at the beginning of the 20th century. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection nevertheless comes from \  

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OriginEx-Collection Mercier
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height42
Depth22
Width19
Weight2.60 Kg
Estimated dating1er quart xxe
Socle includedYes

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