Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule, 20th century / Male Mask (ngblo gbagba) / c. 1940sAfrica, Ivory Coast, Baule, 20th century
Male Mask (ngblo gbagba)
c. 1940s

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Creator Nationality: Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule, 20th century
Creator Name-CRT: Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule, 20th century
Title: Male Mask (ngblo gbagba)
Title Type: Primary
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Creation Start Date: 1940
Creation End Date: 1949
Creation Date: c. 1940s
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: wood
Dimensions: Overall: 22.9cm
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1972.341
Credit Line: Gift of Katherine C. White
Provenance: Stolper (1961)
Style or Period: Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule, 20th century
Context: Used in performances at women's funerals and harvest festivals this mask was probably a generalized portrait of a specific person noted for his dancing skill, beauty, and reputation. He would have danced alongside his mask image during the performance. Smooth, rounded surfaces and clearly defined facial scarifications are marks of beauty and civility among the Baule.See video
AMICA ID: CMA_.1972.341
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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