Baule Ceremonial Mask – Ivory Coast

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Baule Ceremonial Mask – Ivory Coast

Mid 20th century. Paint wood cm. 38,5 high x cm. 18,5 width (14.56″ x 7.48″). The paint is made with sap from a local tree.

The Baule are noted for their fine wooden sculpture, particularly for their ritual statuettes representing ghosts or spirits; these, as well as carved ceremonial masks, were originally associated with the ancestor cult.

This mask belonged to a French collector and was acquired in the fifties.

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