A One-of-a-Kind, vintage handcarved Yaure Baule Tribe mask handmade by artist in Côte d’Ivoire.
Size: 16.9"L x 9"W
Mid 20th century
*The back of this mask is cracked and the clay surface has developed some discoloration and patina from age.
Due to the handmade and vintage nature, expect natural imperfections that come with natural material and handmade artistry. Due to the vintage nature, wear and tear is to be expected, this includes splits, cracks, discoloration and patina. See photos for the condition of the item.
Lightly dust to clean. No cleaners or polish.
About:Traditional Baule elements are elaborate hairstyle, keloid scarification, almond shaped eyes, long nose, a 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.