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Baulé mask, Côte d'Ivoire
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
34
Baulé mask, Côte d'Ivoire
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another

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Baulé mask, Côte d'Ivoire

Provenance

Cornette de Saint-Cyr, Paris, 23 October 2000, n° 47

Catalogue Note

Belonging to the adjusu cult (also known as gbagba or mblo depending on the region), "the ndoma ("double") portrait-mask is one of the most surprising creations of the Baulé. This type of mask, deliberately designed to evoke a person, is exceptional in Africa!" (Alain-Michel Boyer, 2008. p.69). In its expression, ornamentation and the accuracy of its lines, this mask is the remarkable testimony of a corpus considered to be one of the oldest forms of Baulé art.

Sculpted in honour of a person whose name it bears (an important political character, dancer or beautiful young lady) the portrait-mask celebrates an ideal image "responding less to an attempt at individuation than to a transfiguring effort" (ibid). Considered by the artists themselves as "the height of Baulé sculpture", this mask embodies the fundamental Baule style.

Pierre Bergé: From One Home to Another

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Paris