Baoulé belly 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.

Benin was one of the largest kingdoms in Africa. It was dominated by the absolute figure of the Oba, the king. Most of the Benin artistic works are made of bronze. Through the fusion of this material, different social representations have been performed. The Oba, in fact, order to carve in his honor various objects: stools and thrones, ceremonial pipes, vessels for food, spoons, combs, fly swatter, supports for the neck. The sacred element was emphasized by an accurate artistic execution. The representations of the monarch Oba are among the most beautiful and expressive ones, as those of the king on horseback in ceremonial apparatus. Oba was worshiped as a deity and all the decorations of the palace were dedicated to him.

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Weight 2.2 kg
Dimensions 31 x 12 x 57 cm

Ivory Coast

Ethnic Group