A Baule double mask, twin mask, Ivory Coast, of hollowed oval form, two faces are carved side by side in one block, both faces show the same triangular goatee beard, a pointed mouth with the square lips beneath the long, narrow nose leading to high arched brows, framed by pierced crescent-shaped eyes, scarification marks at the corners of the mouth, on the forehead and cheeks, wear a very fine grooved hairline and a single crest striated coiffure, pierced through at the rim for attachment; heavy wood, blackened patina with traces of age and ritual use, several cracks, partly eroded, an old authentic repair atop of the mask, incl. stand.
Lit.: Susan M. Vogel: Baule: African Art Western Eye, 1997; Bernard de Grunne: Über den Baule-Stil und seine Meister. In: Eberhard Fischer/Lorenz Homberger: Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, Zurüch 2014, p. 81-106; Alain-Michel Boyer: Baule. Visions of Africa, Milan 2008.
700 – 900- Euro
Height: 29 cm
Weight: 2.1 kg (incl. stand).