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Baule Wooden Mask Featuring a Seated Figure - PF.4404
Origin: Central Ivory Coast
Circa: 20 th Century AD
Dimensions: 19" (48.3cm) high x 6.125" (15.6cm) wide
Collection: African
Medium: Wood

Additional Information: closet AF8
Location: United States
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In the Baule culture, masks were worn as part of important dance rituals including the Goli dance. This was a real celebration where the participants sang, danced and drank palm wine for the occasion of a new harvest, funerals of notables, and visiting dignitaries. The importance the mask played in such events is seen in the detail of the carving. This wonderful example shows a small female riding on the head of another young girl. The small figure may represent a tutelary spirit (guardian) of the girl; perhaps related to fertility rites, especially given the prominence of the breasts. There is remarkable sweetness in both their expressions, giving the whole work an air of joy, gaiety and exuberance of youth. The presence of this superb mask will certainly add a festive atmosphere to any setting. - (PF.4404)


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