This wood mask is a one of a kind mask, hand carved by the artists of West Africa.
This is a Baule mask with its characteristic straight nose and round, bulging eyes. The 3-dimensional hairstyle and the coiffure done in lovely parts together with tribal marks by the lips and the patterned arched brows are done to represent the personal beauty and refinement. As such it is a portrayal of a particular known individual.
This mask if of the Mblo class of Baule masks, one of the tribe’s oldest art form. It is used in entertainment dances such as skits and solo dances.
The introspective face with high forehead and big, downcast eyes are idealizing the female subtlety of coquetry which in the tribe is a highly valued form of female beauty and attractiveness.