Description:

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.


Materials:
wood, pigment

Approximate dimensions:
12.5" H x 7" W x 4.25" D

Estimated age:
35+ years

Total shipping weight:
ca. 5-lbs.

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Item offered:

Baule Portrait Mask
(Ivory Coast)


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Materials:
wood, pigment
Approximate dimensions:
12½" H x 7" W x 4¼" D
Estimated age:
35+ years
Total shipping weight:
ca. 5-lbs.
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