Height: 33 Centimeters
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Wood, Pigment, Paint
Mid 20th Century
Stylized mask round flatten round form zoomorphic attribute famous festival mask aged surface
US East Coast - Estimated $15.00
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CONDITION Minor wood deterioration, chips and scrapes, fine age cracks, worn areas, lost of pigment, overall condition good. Thank you and please view my other items.
BACKGROUND The Baule represent one of the most important tribes of the West Coast. Their name is testimony to their birth – according to legend, Queen Aba Pokou led her people on an exodus towards the gold mining areas during the 18th Century and had to cross a river where she was obliged to sacrifice her son to the river god, thus giving her people the name Bauli, “the son is dead” During the 19th Century, the queendom disintegrated due to internal conflicts and by the beginning of the 20th century, when the French colonials arrived, they found only a network of villages, headed by councils of venerated men. The Baule people use three types of masks: The first is a helmet mask in the shape of a buffalo head, Bonu Amwin; the second represents a human face with rounded, fairly realistic features; and the third type includes masks related to the Goli festival. Three type of masks are used during these festivals: the first is of discoid shape and represents a highly stylized face beneath a pair of horns; the second is a helmet mask representing a buffalo head beneath antelope horns; and the third is used for closing the festivities, and has an elongated human face appearing under a pair of backward-swept horns.
Painter Fred Uhlman words - Most of the artists I admired, Picasso, Modigliani, Deraini, to mention only a few, had collected African art and had been profoundly
influenced by it. Shortly afterwards I bought the Baule Fetish and the Baule bobbin which are still two of the finest pieces in my collection. It is easy to see
why I bought them and why from that moment I have never stopped collecting. The head of the bobbin or heddle - pulley which is after all only a functional
object for the purpose of weaving seemed to me then and today as beautiful as a Greek goddess. The fetish moved me as deeply as the bobbin by its silent
tragic dignity and its air of profound meditation.
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