The Baule tribe currently lives in central and eastern Côte d’Ivoire. The Baule arrived in Ghana in the first third of the eighteenth century. In Ghana, they had learned to dominate, such as Ashanti, the handling of the metal, and in their new location they had to learn from Guro woodworking. The combination of their old skills with new learning as a result gave a technically superior art and aesthetic balance. An example, these masks Kplé-Kplé: face refers to the sun and its rays are represented by triangles painted. The buffalo horns are a symbol of fertility. The soft patina used, indicates that the pursuit of beauty is one of the main features of Baule art. These masks are used in rituals related to agriculture, fertility and also in the funeral ceremonies. The Baule have no initiation rites.
|Dimensions||20 × 45 cm|
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