African Owie Kimou, Portrait Mask Tribal Art Wooden Carved Wooden Mask -1646
African Owie Kimou, Portrait Mask Tribal Art Wooden Carved Wooden Mask-47.5/18.6 cm. The Baule recognize two types of entertainment masks, Goli masks and Mblo. Masks To perform a Mblo mask, like the one depicted, a masker in a cloth costume conceals his face with a small, wooden mask and dances for an audience accompanied by drummers, singers, dancers, and orators in a series of skits. In the village of Kami, the Mblo parodies and dances are referred to as Gbagba. When not in use, the Gbagba masks were kept out of sight so it is unusual that we get to see a mask displayed in this manner.
To the Baule, sculpture serves many functions and these can shift over time and within different contexts. The Gbagba masquerade is a form of entertainment no longer practiced in Kami. An original patina covers the item. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\African\1900-Now\Masks".
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- Handmade: Yes
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Liberia
- Culture: African
- Provenance: Ownership History Not Available
- Time Period Manufactured: 1600-1900