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Face mask- Wood, Pigment - SUPERB OLD MASK- GURO / BAULE - Ivory Coast
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About the object

EXCEPTIONAL GURO / BAULE MASK\n\nex private collection USA\n\n\nSculpted out of a hard wood, the artist of this mask has masterfully captured the essence of the delight in beauty, sophistication and delicacy found throughout the genre of Baule art. The oval face is surrounded by a serrated border, frequently seen in Guro and Yaure examples, with a high arching finely incised coiffure; high arching eyebrows, heavy eyelids with eyes half closed and a long straight nose are all characteristics of the style; raised scarifications at the temples, cheeks, and between the eyes; the teeth are exposed in the open mouth (for the dancer to see as the eyes were intentionally left unpierced); exceptional light-brown patina. Remains of red and white pigment.\n\nAmongst the Baule the art of carving is carried out by professional carvers, and not by smiths as in the West Sudan. A successful carver has sufficient means to keep several wives to cultivate his fields. The art of the Baule spans a wide range of qualities. Depending upon the artist's talent and capacity for experience, the works may be superficial and hollow, or, on the other hand, masterpieces of the first rank. In the latter case they are marvellously poetic in their expression and so attractive that they are amongst the favourite prizes of collectors. \n\nShipping via Royal Mail (unless requested otherwise) within 24hrs after payment is received. Tracking number will be provided. Signature upon delivery. Fully insured. Ethnographic & Tribal Art---
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