Lot: 134

92nd Tribal Art Auction

Portrait mask "ndoma" of the "mblo" group

Côte d'Ivoire, Baule

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
French Collection H: 10.8 inch 2500 EUR
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance

wood, base "Mblo" masks appear on the so-called "gbagba" dances, which are performed on special occasions for entertainment. Most portrait masks "ndoma" can be recognized by their facial features, their hairstyles, and their scarifications as depictions of known men and women - even if there is no likeness according to our western conception of a portrait.