With graceful abstract lines, the Baule artist has
created a mask that is both serene and powerful.
We sense something supernatural about the
noble features of this woman, as if she were a
woodland spirit who has only assumed human
shape for a fleeting moment. Hers is the wary,
watchful beauty of a gazelle in the wild, a
creature that might bound away without
warning. We approach her with the proper
reverence, hopeful that she will grace us with her
presence for another moment more.