Bamena Tribe Ntome Society Dance Mask on stand. This mask makes its appearance during N'Tome Society ceremonies. It is worn by an elder of the society and it represents wisdom. After the young boys are initiated into the society, they are free to seek advice from the mask, 30-40 yrs old. 31.5" tall x 14" deep, From the Barnes Collection.
Baoule Bedu Society Dance Mask, approx. 20 yrs old, represents the great buffalo, danced by a senior member of Bedu Society at a special agricultural ceremony before planting. 68" x 29", From the Barnes Collection.
Baule Ceremonial Mask - 80-100 yrs old, 22" tall x 6" wide. Baule Human masks are crafted and used only by men to make contact with Gu, ruler of the world. The holes on the sides of the mask help attach the mask to the face of the wearer. The scars found around the eyes and mouth indicates human scarification during rites of passage into adulthood.
Baule Mask on Stand - Ivory Coast. Baule portrait mask details the physical facial features namely eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth and eyes. In addition, the coiffure and facial scarification compliment the physical beauty. The scars found around the eyes and mouth indicates human scarification during rites of passage into adulthood.