Dimensions: H:16.9" W:8.3" L:5.5" Weight: 2.2 lbs.
Baule Kpan Mask from Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - In the Baule Tribe of Ivory Coast, Kpan masks are part of the entertainment masks worn during the traditional Baule dance and masquerade, Goli. The Baule are known for their intricately carved masks and wooden carvings. Baule masks are usually in the shape of a human or an animal. Masks offer a link to the spirit realm, with each Baule mask having its own set of eyes and mouth.
About the Tribe
Baule or Baoule people are found in Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) between the Comoé and Bandama rivers. The Baule belong to the Akan peoples and one of the largest groups in Côte d'Ivoire who historically migrated from Ghana. They played a central role in twentieth-century history of the country. They waged the longest war of resistance to French colonization of any West African people, and maintained their traditional objects and beliefs longer than many groups in such constant contact with European administrators, traders, and missionaries.