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Vintage

Baule Mask w/ Horns

Africa Direct

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Baule Mask w/ Horns
Baule Mask w/ Horns
Baule Mask w/ Horns
Baule Mask w/ Horns
Baule Mask w/ Horns

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Product Information

Era:
Vintage
Condition:
Good; general wear, dent, stain around one eye
Country of Origin:
Ivory Coast
Materials:
wood/pigment
Size:
7.25" W x 11.5" H
Color/Finish:
red

Why We Love This

Details on this mask suggest stylistic links to the Baule from the Cote d'Ivoire. Traditional Baule elements are elaborate keloid scarification on the face, almond shaped eyes, finial nose, the mouth, and the serene expression of the face. This mask is surmounted with two carved horns in one. These horns are symbols of masculinity, which means the mask portraits a male character. Its surface shows much handling and good age.
As described by Africa Direct

About Africa Direct

Africa Direct, Inc. is owned by Elizabeth Bennett and Sara Luther. African art, trade beads and ethnic jewelry are both business and passion for Sara and me. We started buying African art twenty years ago as gifts for our children, four of whom are adopted and are African-American. We had been active in anti-apartheid politics for some time.