Lot: 166

98th Auction

Anthropomorphic face mask "kpan"

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Schiller Art Gallery (Gregory Verdonck & Jean-Marc Desaive), Brussels, Belgium H: 11.8 inch This object is not available anymore.

wood, base

"Goli" mask dances were performed at funerals of important persons and in times of danger, and more recently purely for entertainment.

Four male/female pairs of masks, painted red and black, appear in a strictly defined order.

The masks "kpan" (= "the senior woman") appear as the last pair of masks towards the end of the "goli" mask festival. They embody the wife/s of "goli glin" (= "the older man").