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Baule Ceremonial Mask, Baule Peoples, Cote d' Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

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Baule Peoples, Cote d' Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

H: 15 inches, W: 7 inches


Material: wood, paint (red, beige)


The Baule people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Cote d’ Ivoire (Ivory Coast). They belong to the Akan peoples who inhabit Ghana centuries ago. According to a legend, in the eighteenth century, the queen mother, Abena Pokua, had to lead her people west to the shores of Comoe, the land of Senufo.  In order to cross the river she sacrificed her own son.  This sacrifice was the origin of the name Baule, for Baouli means “the child has died”.

Baule art is sophisticated and diverse.  Masks, sculptures, doors and other objects allow a closer contact with the supernatural world. A mask of this type shown here was danced for annual yam festival and also for entertainment during market days.





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  1. Dafco's Gallery A Special Experience. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Nov 2018

    Thinking about our home and the artwork we have purchased over 40 years we wanted to add something special, unique, and authentic, for our new home Dafco's Gallery and my studio are located in the WestArts Building White Plains NY. Having talked about it with Joe Cobbinah, he knew what we had in mind. One day he called me to see some new works, and there was the Baule Ceremonial Mask, and I knew that it precisely the right piece.