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Baoule mask (N° 22176)

Ex-Belgian African art collection. br>
This African mask Baoulé, a sculpture called portrait-mask or Ndoma, has a hairstyle organized in three shells. The face bears scarifications called " ngole". Grainy dark brown surface, partially flaking. Desication cracks, indigenous restorations.
Height on base: 56 cm.
These Baoulé portrait masks, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest Baoulé 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 the hairstyles, the location and the choice of scarifications. They occur during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits by personalities, staging various satirical scenarios. The Gbagba of the Baoulé personify graceful young girls or men whose courage 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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OriginEx-collection Mercier
EthnyBaoule
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm43
Width20 cm
Weight2.18 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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