Monkey MaskArtist(s)BauléArtist NationalityBaule (culture)Object Creation Date20th centuryMedium & SupportwoodDimensions
11 in x 7 in x 3 in (27.94 cm x 17.78 cm x 7.62 cm)Credit LineGift of Michael and Phyllis CourlanderSubject matter
Baule masks typically represent animals, specific individuals, and social types. Masks depicting animals are traditionally only seen while the performer is in costume. This mask was potentially worn during the gba gba dance, a humourous performance that represents human, domestic, and bush animals through costume.
Vogel, Susan, ed. For Spirits and Kings: African Art from the Paul and Ruth Tishman Collection. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1981.
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Vogel, Susan. Baule Art as the Expression of a World View. Ph.D. diss. New York University, 1977.
Carved mask with an elongated, protruding nose that extends to the bottom of the mask. The mouth is open with articulated teeth.Primary Object Classification Sculpture Primary Object TypemaskCollection AreaAfricanRights
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men (male humans)