A Baule facemask
Lot 2524
A Baule facemask
Sold for US$ 5,400 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Baule facemask
Ivory Coast, of classical form, with fine lustrous surface and delicately carved and incised coiffure. Large ears rising from either side with a central janus head rising from the top of the mask.
height 16 1/4in


  • Exhibited:
    Governors State University, IL, 2003
    Krannert Art Museum, IL, 2003
    Belger Art Foundation/University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO, 2004
    Tall Grass Art Association, IL, 2005

    Bourgeois and Rodolitz, REMNANTS OF RITUAL: SELECTIONS FROM THE GELBARD COLLECTION OF AFRICAN ART, Ethnos, New York, 2003, p.10, fig.24

    Masks are danced primarily for entertainment although some examples retain a sacred and mysterious reputation and perform only for a male audience where any contact with women or children is distinctly harmful. The janus head rising from the top of this mask may represent a spirit entity associated with the personage depicted; the large ears recall animal masks, though may allude to the ability to “hear” into the spirit world.
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