African tribal art - Baoule mask

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 7333, Tertre, Belgium

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    Ex Belgian Mercier private collection.

    This imposing ancient portrait mask comes from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast. Height on base = 69 cm.
    Baule portrait masks, also called "ndoma" or "double", are idealized representations that pay tribute to a personality. They generally appear at the end of recreational dance ceremonies. These festivities, known by different names in different regions, such as bedwo, ngblo, mblo, adjussu, etc., offer a unique stage setting. Often, the dancer wearing the mask also wears the clothes of the person being celebrated, and the latter may even actively participate by dancing alongside the dancer.
    The collection of tribal art to which this mask belongs was assembled by Guy Mercier, a consultant for the Solvay group, at the beginning of the 20th century. It comes from on-site acquisitions in West and Central Africa, as well as from "cabinets of curiosity" popular in European capitals in the 1920s. Guy Mercier also acquired pieces from prestigious galleries in Paris, Brussels, London and New York. This collection was then entrusted to Mr. Jean Charles Mercier, Guy Mercier's grandson.

    Piece accompanied by its certificate of authenticity.
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    Ref: B12SBZIMFT

    Condition As is
    Ethnic group Baoulé - Baule
    Style Tribal Art (African Masks of Tribal Art Style)
    Period 20th century (African Masks 20th century)
    Country of origin Ivory Coast
    Width (cm) 16
    Height (cm) 42
    Materials Wood
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 7333, Tertre, Belgium
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