BAULE OR YAURE MASK, CÔTE D'IVOIRE
BAULE OR YAURE MASK, CÔTE D'IVOIRE
BAULE OR YAURE MASK, CÔTE D'IVOIRE
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BAULE OR YAURE MASK, CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 USD

BAULE OR YAURE MASK, CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 USD

Lot Sold:15,000USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Private Collection

BAULE OR YAURE MASK, CÔTE D'IVOIRE


Height: 11 ⅝ in (29.5 cm)

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Private Collection, New York

Christie's East, New York, April 25-26, 1984, lot 678, consigned by the above

Private Collection, acquired at the above auction

Thence by descent

Catalogue Note

The idealized faces of portrait masks, called Mblo, are the most emblematic form of Baule sculptural tradition. As discussed by Susan Vogel in her landmark Baule: African Art, Western Eyes, New Haven, 1997, 141, "The idealized faces are introspective, with the high foreheads of intellectual enlightenment and the large downcast eyes of respectful presence in the world." This example bears smooth carving surfaces juxtaposed with fine, geometric patterns, both typical characteristics of Baule sculpture. Usually a portrait of a particular known individual, Mblo masks are used in a highly structured form of entertainment dance and are ornamented with motifs chosen for their beauty rather than for their iconographic significance. Details such as fine scarifications between the eyebrows and a triangulated decoration along the cheeks "[denote] personal beauty, refinement, and a desire to give pleasure to others. [...] The Mblo portrait mask was the summit of Baule sculpture, the most beautiful art form" (Vogel, Baule: African Art, Western Eyes, 141).

Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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