Baoulé masks (Baulé)

Typical Baoulé mask

This typical mask by the Baoulé ethnic group is characterized by it’s patina, which depending on the light launches extraordinary reflexes, catching the eye of who is watching. The half-closed eyes, the contemplative expression, the full lips, the elaborate hairdo: everything truly represents the elegance of the Baoulé style.

Typical Baoulé mask
Typical Baoulé mask

Baoulé mask with two faces

This mask has the classic Baoulé appearance. The two sides seem to symbolize a split personality; the internal conflict is shown by two different visions, in black and red patina. The particular and meticulous workmanship of the symmetrical hairdressing adds value to this particular mask.

Baoulé mask with two faces
Baoulé mask with two faces

Baoulé’s dance mask

Enchanting Baoulé’s dance mask; its soft features and roundness recall the heat of the sun and the spiritual bond between man and nature. The precision of the crown, which functions as a frame for the face, perfectly matches with the balanced proportion of the half-closed eyes, the fine nose and the mouth, that timidly rises from the round surface. The coat mixed to white kaolin at the same time contrasts and blends with the radiance of this extraordinary mask.

Baoulé’s dance mask
Baoulé’s dance mask

Goli Baoulé mask

Typical Baulé wooden mask called Goli. Compared to traditional Baulé masks, characterized by a strong figurative/realistic drawing, the Goli one is extremely stylized. It was used in tribal dances during harvest festivals, during processions to honor distinguished visitors, or for important people funerals. The circular face represents the life-giving power of the sun, while the horns symbolize the great power of the buffalo. The eyes have two holes, to allow the user to see; the mouth, of rectangular shape, is a characteristic feature of the Goli mask.

Goli Baoulé mask
Goli Baoulé mask

Baoulé belly mask

This type of mask is very particular is worn on the belly of male dancers, during the ceremonies related to fertility.

Baoulé belly mask
Baoulé belly mask