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This Baule tribal mask is from the tradition known as "Mblo". Masks of this kind are often used in solo dances to depict a prominent member of the community. Baule dance mask from Ivory Coast is hand-carved from wood with a rich glossy patina.

Culture and Traditions

Baule culture is centralized, with a king or chief presiding over the population. Their religion is largely animist and includes worship of ancestors. Baule, an African people inhabiting Côte d’Ivoire between the Comoé and Bandama rivers. The Baule are an Akan group, speaking a Tano language of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo language family.

Donation Details

Michael Wasserman donated in the year 2003.


The Appraised Amount is $15,000.00.

Date of Digitization


Contributing Institution

J. B . Coleman Library


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