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Female Face Mask (Ndoma)

A work made of wood, pigment, and copper alloy.

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  • A work made of wood, pigment, and copper alloy.

Date:

Late 19th or mid–20th century

Artist:

Baule
Côte d’Ivoire
Coastal West Africa

About this artwork

Until Côte d’Ivoire’s civil war (2002–2007), Baule village life was regularly punctuated by entertainment masquerades. Such spectacles included masks that were idealized portraits honoring living members of the community. They were attached to a cloth costume and worn by a man—including the female mask displayed here—while the person portrayed typically danced beside him. In addition to individualized traits in its hairstyle and scarifications, this mask’s high forehead symbolizes intelligence and its downcast eyes suggest an introspective disposition.

Status

On View, Gallery 137

Department

Arts of Africa

Culture

Baule

Title

Female Face Mask (Ndoma)

Origin

Côte d'Ivoire

Date

1875–1975

Medium

Wood, pigment, and copper alloy

Dimensions

28.6 × 18.1 × 12.7 cm (11 1/4 × 7 1/8 × 5 in.)

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment

Reference Number

1988.309

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