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Baoulé “Pout” Mask

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Destination: Kumasi , Ghana

Seductively sulky, this mask was crafted by Master Carver Nana Frimpong Boady, and features a design characteristic of the Baoulé people of Cote d’Ivoire. Thought to allow closer contact with the spirit world, Baoulé masks are recognizable by their glossy patina, arched eyebrows, and nearly-closed eyes, which are considered a sign of respect. In Baoulé culture, different masks correspond to specific dances; this one is probably intended for mblo performances—which involve skits and solo dances—and likely modeled after a particular individual.


The legend of how the Baoulé got their name is a tragically beautiful one. An Akan people living on the eastern side of Côte d'Ivoire, the Baoulé originally came from Ghana, but were forced to flee circa the 18th c... Read More

Details and Dimensions

13" H, 7" W, 5" D

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