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This mask type, called Kpan, belongs to the family of the Goli masks. Among the Baule, the Goliâ appear in four different types in times of danger, illness and at funerals to ward off evil and exert a positive influence on supernatural forces. The present Kpan mask is made of medium-weight wood in perfect Baule style. With an extremely finely carved hairstyle consisting of three thick, rounded hair crests and a sweeping braid that stretches towards the back and is rejoined at the top of the main crest. With typical tribal scarification marks on the forehead, on both temples and at the corners of the mouth. With high eyebrow arches, a typical, small, straight Baule nose, and painted eyes with large, black pupils evocatively gazing ahead. Two small slits for the masked dancer are located under the eyes. The lower half of this ‘Kpan mask’ displays an all-round, narrow beard, whilst a ringed, black goatee with a large bulbous finial adorns the chin. The backside of entire mask face has a wide, unpainted frame to which the dancer’s costume was attached. Overall a masterfully crafted Baule piece, with only slight, insignificant age-related damage.
Approx. 37x20x16 cm

tribal art / african art

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Kpan mask Baule people Tribal Art

Estimate €700 - €950Sep 21, 2018