Fine Baule Ceremonial Mask – Elaborate Coiffure – Ivory Coast

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Fine Baule Ceremonial Mask – Elaborate Coiffure – Ivory Coast

Mid 20th century. Paint wood cm. 40,0 high x cm. 19,0 width (14.56″ x 7.48″); gr. 1021,9 (26.16 oz.). The paint is made with sap from a local tree. This mask belonged to a French collector and was acquired in the fifties. 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.

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