Mblo Portrait Mask
At a wide range of Baule festivals and celebrations, masks are danced and performed to entertain. This mask's delicate, symmetrical features, ornate hairstyle, and smooth surface all create an image of calm and grace. The mask is meant to exemplify an ideal of personal beauty and composure.
- Culture: Baule
- Medium: Wood, oils, pigment
- Place Made: Lacs, N’zi Comoe, or Valle du Bandama Region, Ivory Coast
- Dates: late 19th or early 20th century
- Dimensions: 10 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 3 in.(26.7 x 13.7 x 7.6 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Arts of Africa
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1989.51.25
- Credit Line: The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Baule. Mblo Portrait Mask, late 19th or early 20th century. Wood, oils, pigment, 10 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 3 in.(26.7 x 13.7 x 7.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection, 1989.51.25. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Oval mask. Round, protruding eyes, scarification at either side of nose. CONDITION: Good; nick on forehead, nose.
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)