About this object

This highly refined ‘portrait’ type mask would probably have been performed by virtuoso dancers during ‘mblo’ masquerades that honoured a most admired member of the community. It would always have been worn with an elaborate multicoloured costume.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Mask
  • Culture
    Yaoure or Baule
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date made
    1966 before
  • Materials
    Wood
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchase from Gallery Menist, 1966
  • Collector
    Gallery Menist
  • Place collected
    Africa: Western Africa: Ivory Coast
  • Date collected
    1966 before
  • Measurements
  • Note
    Stockbook: 9. Baule Mask. Gallery Menist, 1 Hartenstraat, Amsterdam C, Netherlands. Purchase. Gallery Label: This mask represents just one of the several mask types of the je masquerade complex. Members of the male initiation association would have performed it at the funerals of initiated men to impersonate a spirit.
  • Related people
    Gallery Menist ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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