Dimensions: H:22.0" W:9.8" L:7.1" Weight: 5.1 lbs.
Baule Mask from Ivory Coast - The Baule of Ivory Coast are known for their intricately carved wooden carvings and masks. Baule masks are typically in the shape of a human or an animal. These elegant, detailed, and relatively realistic animal masks are used in secular public dance performances. Each Baule mask has its own set of eyes and mouth, symbolizing a link to the spirit world.
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.