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22. Baule Goli Glen mask, Cote d’Ivoire, wood and pigments, 29 1/2" (75 cm)
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22. Baule Goli Glen mask, Cote d’Ivoire, wood and pigments, 29 1/2" (75 cm)
  This Baule mask, called Goli Glen, is part of the Goli masquerade which was adopted by the Baule from the neighboring Wan people over the past century. A joyous festival, it has become the most popular of Baule masquerades and is danced both as entertainment and for the funerals of important men. The masquerade consists of 4 mask types appearing in pairs, the Goli Glen, or father, kpwan, a round mask with horns called kplekple, and a horned face mask called Kpan Pre. Vogel (op cit) writes “Within each pair, the masks and costumes are nearly identical (perhaps because they represent a single persona with both a male and a female manifestation), but the masks of the Kple Kple and the Kpan Pre pairs are distinguished by color: the male mask is painted red, the female black. (This designation is reversed in some villages.) In the Goli Glen and Kpwan masks, on the other hand, the difference between the masks in each pair is minimal. Within each pair, the male mask dances first.

Collection of Charlie and Blanche Derby

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