Mblo Portrait Mask
Arts of Africa
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.
Wood, oils, pigment
late 19th or early 20th century
10 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 3 in.(26.7 x 13.7 x 7.6 cm) (show scale)
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The Adolph and Esther D. Gottlieb Collection
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1989.51.25_SL1.jpg)
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Oval mask. Round, protruding eyes, scarification at either side of nose. CONDITION: Good; nick on forehead, nose.
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