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Baule Africa mask antiques tribal art mask vintage Wood Carved Vintage-4440

$67 $94

37/18.3 CM

bulbous pupils, is raised by the scarifications named "ngole masks ". Satin patina. These Baule portrait masks, ndoma, which are part of one of the oldest artistic traditions and frequently represent an idealized character, have the particularity of appearing at the end of entertainment dance ceremonies.These are named, according to the regions, bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc.... Each of these masks are distinguished by hairstyles, placement and choice of scarification. They perform during danced events accompanied by music and songs, celebrations, visits of personalities, staging various satirical scenarios. The Gbagba of the Baule personify graceful young girls or men whose valour or qualities ofintegrity are renowned. The newgenerations are gradually replacing these Mblo dances, Gbagba in some villages,retaining most of the old conventions, with the Kpan Kpan dance, whose masks raise societal issues orrefer to political projects.

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