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Dimensions: L:23.2in W:10.2in D:6.3in
Baule twin mask is a unique and iconic mask created by the Baule people. This mask represents a pair of identical or symmetrical faces joined together, typically with a central crested ridge running between them. Each face usually has distinct features such as prominent eyes, a narrow nose, and a small mouth. The mask is often carved from a single piece of wood, with intricate detailing and fine craftsmanship. The Twin Mask holds significant cultural and spiritual importance among the Baule people. It is associated with the belief in the existence of spiritual twins, known as "blolo bla." According to Baule cosmology, these twins are considered to be guardian spirits and intermediaries between the human world and the spirit realm.
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.
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