Kpwan Ple mask - Baule - SOLD OUT

African mask of Goli worship at the Baoulé

The kpwan mask represents a woman's face, in spite of certain features: on the chin, a goatee extends the face downwards, suggesting a hermaphrodite character. While the bulging forehead is crowned with a complex hairstyle composed of mats falling to the side. Scarification adorns the forehead and temples. This type of mask appears last at dusk and closes the cult of Goli.

He intervenes during important events, the death of a notable or during a big party. The masks of the Goli are part of the best known celebrations among the Baoulé. The rituals of these masks are still in use, but they have, it seems, lost their original meaning.

Provenance: private collection of African art V. Briard, France

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Origin : private collection V. Briard, France Dating : 1970-75'sSize : 41 x 22 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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