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Guli Society Mask

Accession Number
1971/2.31

Title
Guli Society Mask

Artist(s)
Baulé

Artist Nationality
Baule (culture)

Object Creation Date
1900-1971

Medium & Support
wood with black and white pigment

Dimensions
17 1/2 in x 8 11/16 in x 3 1/8 in (44.4 cm x 22 cm x 8 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase assisted by the Friends of the Museum of Art

Label copy
Like the ape, the buffalo is one of several animals believed to personify the spirits of the savannah. the Guli Society uses this type of mask in paired dances. This black mask would have been worn by a young boy who was not as adept as his red-masked partner. Each masquerader would have been fully hidden by a raffia cape and skirt and by an animal skin hanging from the back of the mask. This mask, borrowed from the Dan people, is considered by the Baule to be the least beautiful of Guli masks.

Primary Object Classification
Wood and Woodcarving

Primary Object Type
mask

Collection Area
African

Rights
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Keywords
horn (animal material)
masks
masks (costume)
woodwork

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