BAULE HELMET MASK - Female Torso with Finely Coiffed Hair and Elongated Neck.

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Helmet Mask
Female Torso
Baule peoples
Côte d’Ivoire

Carved Wood
Great Condition
Measures: 22” tall x 9” x 9”

Designed as part of a Baule theatrical tradition, known as "Mblo," that combines dramatic skits and solo dances, this mask is an idealized representation of the prominent member of the community for which it was sculpted.
Mblo portrait masks are appreciated as the most refined and long-standing form of artistic expression. Generally commissioned by a man to honor a female relative or created by a carver in homage to a particular woman's dance skills and beauty.
This helmet mask displays the attributes of a well-socialized Baule woman: finely coiffed hair, a long and well-defined neck, balanced and poised posture, and a serene, thoughtful expression.

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