On offer from our personal collection is this elegant portrait mask from the Baule peoples of the Ivory Coast. Skilled carvers, the Baule are noted for their high level of artistry, & their portrait masks, intended to represent honored members within the tribal community, are no exception.
Characterized by delicate, feminine features, this refined piece is crowned by a triple-plaited coiffure with long hair extensions on either side of its face, & is adorned with keloid scarifications centered on the brow & at the temples. The cheeks are accented by incised scarifications. Demure visage with downcast eyes & pursed lips. Evidence remains of pigment applied to the surface including the eyelids (probably kaolin).
Overall condition: despite a few imperfections in the wood including a few scuffs & abrasions, & minor nicks & chips, this sensitive mask is in very good overall condition. Lovely patina. Beautiful display.