Nov 2, 2009

Male Mask

Male Mask

c. 1940s


Overall: 22.9 cm (9 in.)

Gift of Katherine C. White 1972.341



Used in performances at women's funerals and harvest festivals this mask was probably a generalized portrait of a specific person noted for his dancing skill, beauty, and reputation. He would have danced alongside his mask image during the performance. Smooth, rounded surfaces and clearly defined facial scarifications are marks of beauty and civility among the Baule. See video

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African Art
African Art
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