A Baule mask, from the region Boauké, Ivory Coast, of hollowed oval form and with a broad rim, a mouth with full lips, a slender slightly curved nose leading to broad high arched brows, crescent-shaped eyes, horizontal slit underneath the eyes, scarification marks on the face, brass nail above the bridge of the nose, the head capped by a striated domed coiffure with an ornament on top, around the chin displaying a zigzag line, the mask pierced through at the rim for attachment; heavy encrusted patina, decorated with red and black pigment, traces of age and ritual use, several cracks and holes, the rim partly eroded, incl. stand. Provenance Mohamed Belo Garba, Korhogo, Ivory Coast.
Lit.: Susan M. Vogel: Baule: African Art Western Eye, 1997; Bernard de Grunne: Über den Baule-Stil und seine Meister. In: Eberhard Fischer/Lorenz Homberger: Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, Zurüch 2014, p. 81-106; Alain-Michel Boyer: Baule. Visions of Africa, Milan 2008.
Height: 37 cm Weight: 2.10 kg (incl. stand).
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