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Baule Kpan Mblo Portrait Mask Ivory Coast African Art

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Title Baule Kpan Mblo Portrait Mask Ivory Coast African Art
Type of Object Portrait mask
Country of Origin Cote D'Ivoire Ivory Coast
People Baule
Materials Wood, pigment
Approximate Age 20th Century
Dimensions Height: 11.75 Inches
Width: 6 Inches
Overall Condition Fair
Damage/Repair large crack in back of mask. worn surfaces and small chips. dirt and general waer

 Additional Information: Details on our mask suggests stylistic links to the Baule from Cote d'Ivoire. Traditional Baule elements are elaborate hairstyle, keloid scarification patternsin face, almond shaped eyes, long and finial nose, the small mouth, and the serene expression of the face. 

This Baule mask falls into a special grouping known as  ‘portrait masks’, Kpan Pre, Kpan Kpan.These masks are said to portray an honored person of the village who is celebrated during a ceremonial dance known as “Mblo”. It is an aesthetic performance in which this beautifully carved mask would be worn with a multicolored costume and danced in the most graceful manner by either the person it represents or a relative. The costume would have been attached to the broad collar of the mask by cords that were threaded through the holes at the back of the mask. The “Mblo” dance reflects feminine virtues including graceful movements and elegant dancing steps and celebrates her beauty. These masks are danced to entertain during days that the Baule do not work and they will also appear to honor important visitors to the village.