BAULE MASKS 3, Ivory Coast

BAULE
Wall Mask 114
9" high
$1500


Baule Mask 114 has been vetted as authentic with significant signs of age and use.

Although elegantly carved, the Baule masks below show no evidence of age or use and were probably made to be sold.

 BAULE
Mask 117
19.5" high
$500



 BAULE
Mask 119
13.5" high
$400

 BAULE
Mask 120
14.5" high
$250


BAULE
Mask 122
17.5" high
$250

 BAULE
Mask 123
12" high
$500


 BAULE
Mask 124
16" high
$200

BAULE
Mask 126
15.5" high
$300

 BAULE
Mask 127
12" high
$400

 BAULE
Mask 108
15" high
$400

BAULE
Mask 36
13" high
$300
 

 BAULE
Mask 111
13.25" high
$300




BAULE
Mask 9
13" high
$300

BAULE
Mask 37
17" high
$250

BAULE
Mask 113
14.25" high
$250

Photographs © Hamill Gallery

BAULE, Masks 3, Ivory Coast

The Baule are one of the Akan peoples. They moved west to the Ivory Coast more than 200 years ago and adopted masking traditions from their neighbors (the Guro, Senufo and Yaure peoples). There are three basic types used in a special dance of rejoicing called Goli, symbolizing the social order. Most of these masks are Kpan, with elaborate coiffures and refined carving; they represent the Senior female in the ceremonies. Some are probably intended as idealized portrait masks or Ndoma. Numbers 117 and 122 are male portrait masks.. Numbers 119 and 125 represent twins and 127 is of a monkey, like the Baule Mbra monkey figures.

From Baule, by Alain-Michel Boyer.

 

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