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.
Michael Wasserman donated in the year 2003.
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Prairie View A&M University, "BAULE Culture of Arts from Côte d’Ivoire ( Ivory Coast ) between the Comoé and Bandama rivers - ( Mask)" (2022). African Sculptures and Masks. 38.