A Baule Mblo portrait mask
A Baule Mblo portrait mask with three birds, of hollowed oval form, the chin with a pointed goatee, a pointed round mouth beneath a slender nose, high arched brows, the eyebrows and the nose are connected in the middle by two scarification marks, pierced crescent-shaped eyes, rhomboidal scarification marks on the forehead and the temples, C-shaped ears, a braided hairstyle in seven parts, on the top of the head three bird heads, the mask is pierced through at the rim for attachment; fine dark brown patina with white pigments on eyes and ears and red pigment on the mouth, traces of age and ritual use, incl. stand.
Lit.: Susan M. Vogel, Baule. African Art Western Eye, 1997, p. 7, 162-163; Bernard de Grunne: Über den Baule-Stil und seine Meister. In: Eberhard Fischer/Lorenz Homberger, Afrikanische Meister. Kunst der Elfenbeinküste, Zürich 2014. Alain-Michel Boyer, Baule. Visions of Africa, Milan 2008.
800 - 1.000,- Euro
Height: 37 cm
Weight: 1,29 kg (incl. stand)