Baule Goli Mask, African Tribal Creations Art Kpele Baoule Akan Cote D'ivoire
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Baule Goli Mask, African Tribal Creations Art Kpele Baoule Akan Cote D'ivoire:
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One of the largest ethnic groups in Cote d'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast), the Baule people are well known for their fine artwork. As a people, they were one of the strongest oppositional forces to French colonization of West Africa, and as a result, have held quite closely to their cultural heritage throughout recent history. This has left much of their artistic tradition relatively in tact, and its history is better understood by its people in contemporary Cote d'Ivoire. Numbering around one million, the Baule are and have long been a society that values equality and are among the most egalitarian in West Africa. The result of this social structure is a highly complex and exquisite artistic tradition. Becoming a sculptor/artist was a matter of personal choice, rather than caste/family tradition, and so numerous unique and elaborate styles developed among the Baule people. Their figures and masks are among the most highly sought after by African art collectors.
An extremely characteristic mask of the Baule, the Goli mask is one that emerges during the Goli festival, one which brings about the participation of all village denizens, and generally celebrates an agricultural harvest, or graces the funeral of an important member of the village. Often associated with a sense ofmischievousness, Goli is a minor deity in the Baule pantheon, low in rank, and somewhat representative of young men. These masks come in many sizes, are always round (or relatively so), and display superstructural horns that come together at the top, or have a small gap between them. This Goli is medium sized, and displays familiar signs of aging and wear on both its external and internal surfaces. Its frontal surface is nicely pigmented, and it bears the typical teardrop shape around the eyes, as well as the repetitive triangular perimeter, and the embossed, square, toothy mouth. Pigment wear, minor scrapes and marks should be considered normal, but the piece is overall in quite good condition. We estimate this to be a more contemporary piece, but a fantastic one that makes an immediate statement in whatever room it is found!
Dimensions of this piece are 21" x 12" x 2.5", and it weighs in at roughly two pounds.
Medium: Wood, Pigment
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This is a beautiful piece of art! It would be a great compliment to any decor, or private collection!
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