Mblo Mask - Baule - Ivory Coast - SOLD

African mask of Mblo type of Baoulé

Our gallery offers an authentic copy of one of these anthropomorphic masks, usually the portrait of an individual in particular, Mblo type embodying the foundations of Baoule aesthetics. Baoulé used three main types of masks.

This traditional African mask represents a human head with characteristic scarifications on the temples and an elaborate hairstyle, does not seem to have a sacred function. It only appears during holidays related to visiting foreign dignitaries. This type of mask can sometimes have two faces placed side by side, evoking twins.

Origin : private collection, FranceDating : 1950'sSize : 27 x 18 cm Material : wood

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Ethnic group
Baoulé / Baulé
Ivory Coast
Tribal art collection France

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