Lot: 229

Anthropomorphic face mask "kpan" of the "goli" group

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Rolf Miehler, Munich, Germany
Adrian Schlag, Brussels, Belgium
Christie's Paris, 15 June 2010, Lot 24
H: 14.2 inch 6000 EUR / 12000 EUR

wood, pigments, insect caused damage, base Baule "goli" performances consist of four red/ black, male/ female dance mask pairs appearing in a pre-defined order. The two anthropomorphic masks with crested hairstyle are called "kpan" ("the senior woman") and represent the wife of "goli glin" ("the senior man"), who already appeared as the second pair of masks. "Kpan's" performance is theatrically managed for greatest effect. When they arrive, it is nearly dusk, and women have been dancing and singing through the streets in anticipation, begging "kpan" to come.


Vogel, Susan Mullin, Baule, African Art - Western Eyes, New York 1997, p. 187

ADHRC: 0138289