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 3000 EUR
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

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").