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Baoule mask (N° 21477)
African mask of modest size intended for entertainment ceremonies. It could therefore, according to Baule tradition, be seen by women. The patina is velvety, grainy, partially flaked. The high mitered headdress is made of braids assembled in a shell. The face bears the traditional scarification called "ngole".
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Height on base: 35 cm.
These portrait masks of the Baule, 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 Mblo dances called Gbagba in some villages, retaining most of the old conventions, with the Kpan Kpan dance, whose masks raise societal issues or refer to political projects.
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