SOLD ITEM 5614 - An African Tribal Female Mask Baule Tribe

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A strong well patinated female mask from the Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast. The Baule of the Ivory Coast in Africa are known to have settled in their present location in the 18th century. They have developed an eloquent, extraordinarily refined style of woodcarving. They impart to their carvings an incomparable seductiveness of surface detail as well as a deceptive complexity of structure. Masks are abundantly produced by the Baule. They are closely related to Guro types. The rhythmic connection of the circular arrangements of the horns with the oval of the face beneath is subtly underscored by the presence of tiny, pointed ears which lie between. The nearly closed, heavy-lidded eyes are characteristic. This is an excellent small example of Baule mask, exhibiting many of the characteristic features of Baule sculpture. The hair is especially finely carved. Measures 11 and one half inches high by 6 and one third inches wide by 4 and one half inches deep, excellent condition. Probably dates from the middle of the 20th century good evidence from the wear on the sides of the back that it was used in a tribal dance or ritual.
 
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