Ram mask - Baule - SOLD OUT

glin helmet masks are used in rituals designed to cleanse the village of witches (the mask is associated with death, renewal and protection). Worn horizontally over the head, the masquerader performs fast, strenuous but controlled stamping movements under the weight pf a heavy raffia costume.Because of its powerful protective qualities, women and children are discouraged from staring directly at the mask. When not in use,  masks are kept in the bush.Origin : private collection, FranceDating : 1950'sSize : 25 x 18 cmMaterial : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
Ethnic group
Baoulé / Baulé
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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