A rare old wooden mask from the Baule peoples, Cote De Ivorie, West Africa. Carved wood with precise carving style, raised facial features and a very well carved coiffure, most impressive!. The mask interior and edges all show light wear and handling, suggesting possible ceremonial use. The mask itself measures 19 x 7 inches ( Not counting the professional display stand which is included.) Among the Baule such masks appeared in the final sequence of an operatic public entertainment known as Mblo. Mblo performances consist of a succession of dances that escalate in complexity and importance, culminating ultimately in tributes to the community's most distinguished member. Individuals honored in this way are depicted by a mask that is conceived of as their artistic double or namesake, hence the name "Portrait Mask"