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Item 223
6.00 LBS
$20.00 (Fixed shipping cost)
Maximum Purchase:
1 unit(s)

Product Description


The Baule resisted the invasion of French colonials longer than any other West African people. They managed to uphold their practices, traditions and beliefs during this dark period. The Baule, unlike most tribes have an aversion for strict political systems. They do not engage in initiations, age class systems, secret societies, circumcisions or any other functions that are dictated by hierarchical control. Each village is self governing by elders and everybody participated in discussions, including slaves if there were any. Artistically speaking, the Baule of the Ivory Coast, do not recognize a category of items that are labeled “art”. They do not identify to the “art experience”. The Baule do not hold objects in high esteem for aesthetic reasons rather they focus on the spiritual presence that is related to the object. Despite this fact their craftsmanship in mask and statuary making, is legendary. The mask on display is a stylish portrait mask. This mask was selected not so much for it’s traditional features but for the excellent wood grain, finish, underside patina and quality of carving workmanship. This is a fine, solid, attractive mask that will enhance any collection.

This selection is at least 25 years old.

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Dimensions: 12 7/8 inches long x 8 inches wide.

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