Baule Kpan Mask

c. 1950
$680 USD
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Dimensions
W: 6.0" D: 5.0" H: 10.0"
Materials
Paint
Wood
Steel
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Collection #
CAA0220
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$50

To ward off evil and exert positive influences on the spirit world, the Baule people engage in a daylong masquerade known as the Goli. A sequence of four masks are donned during the performance, with the last and most important being the kpan, or senior female. Honored with graceful, rhythmic movements, the mask expresses the dignity and majesty of a senior-ranking woman. The mask’s sculpted cheekbones, arched eyebrows, and elaborate hairstyle composed of intricate braids evoke the Baule ideal of feminine beauty. Vividly-colored paint imbues this remarkable kpan mask with lifelike vitality, especially notable in the luscious red of the lips and glossy brown skin.

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