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Mask - Wood - Mblo - BAOULE - Ivory Coast

Lot reference 27872985
Mask - Wood - Mblo - BAOULE - Ivory Coast

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Current bid $395
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Location: France
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Circa 1940 - Good condition, used with some signs of wear

Object: Mask
Indigenous object name: Mblo
Ethnic group/ culture: BAOULE
Region/ country: Ivory Coast
Material: Wood
Period: Circa 1940
Condition: Good condition, used with some signs of wear
Sold with stand: No
Dimensions: 29×17×10 cm
Weight: 486 g

Mblo masks used in entertainment dances are one of the most ancient forms of Baule art. These masks are generally the portrait of a specific person. More than any other mask, the Mblo mask embodies the foundations of the Baule aesthetics and these seem to have always existed. The surfaces are smooth, curved, well-polished, highlighting the hairdo or scarifications.
It has a high forehead, symbolising intelligence, and the eyes are lowered in respect for the surrounding world.
Mblo is the name of a category of shows which use facial masks, in solo or in parody dances.
The course of the show is very structured and uses a “script”, including some with very famous names (Kpan Kpan, GbaGba...).
The script evolves and is regularly rewritten each two or three generations. Adapted from the book of S. Vogel, L'art Baoulé.

This mask condenses the refined art of the Baule.
Dense wood. Crusty black patina.

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Catawiki member since March 19, 2017, received 154 reviews in total (74 in last 12 months)

Feedback score: 98.6% (74 reviews)
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  • As described. Good packaging.

    jmob July 21, 2019

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    user-6ab0a03 July 10, 2019

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    Top! Bien reçu.
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    Momowiki June 11, 2019

  • The item received was more beautiful than the photos. Thank you!

    user-6e9016d June 10, 2019

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    Hello, I am delighted that this Sanza pleases you even more than the pictures I took myself...
    Long live this instrument with magical sound.
    Sincerely. Frédéric Paris.
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    Wie beschrieben. Schneller Versand
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    user-6ab0a03 June 5, 2019

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    Prima!
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    urolmaas June 4, 2019

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    Cher Monsieur, je suis ravi que ce fer noir lobi vous contente.
    Cordialement.
    Frédéric Paris
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    Het verkeerde voorwerp werd aangeleverd. Gelukkig was de koper van het ontvangen item woonachtig in België en had die mijn beeldje gekregen. Zelf voor oplossing gezorgd.
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    PeatyPete June 3, 2019

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    SUPER
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    VIOTJEANLOUIS June 1, 2019

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    Bonjour, rassuré de savoir que vous avez pu récupérer cette statuette.
    Encore désolé pour le contretemps et la gêne occasionnée.
    Cordialement.
    Frédéric Paris
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    Très satisfait
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    laptop26 May 23, 2019

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    Duurde 5 dagen voordat het stuk werd verstuurd. Bij aankomst zat er actieve houtworm in de deksel.
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    tombuijs May 23, 2019

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    Hallo, mijn excuses voor de kleine vertraging van de verzending door een ernstige rugklachten. Indien een xylophagous actief is, is het noodzakelijk om u aan het deksel in een plastic zak en laat de vriezer 2 in 3 dagen: het is wat de antiquairs te verwerken hout. Indien u dat wenst(wens), je hebt 5 dagen om uw evaluatie als catawiki aanraden.
    Zeer hartelijk.
    Frédéric Paris
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    Spedizione accurata. Bell'oggetto, come da descrizione. Soddisfatto
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    user-d3bf5c1 May 20, 2019

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    Prima!
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    user-1d136d7 May 15, 2019

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    Bellissima. Una vera opera d’arte. Tutto perfetto, descrizione, imballaggio spedizione.
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    user-061c6d2 May 15, 2019

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    Buonasera,
    la ringrazio per la sua valutazione e i suoi commenti positivi.
    Ora si prenda cura di Elle.
    Cordialmente.
    Frédéric Paris.
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    Très bien. Merci !
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    MITHRIDATE May 9, 2019

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    Un service au top !
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    Quixotesco April 28, 2019

  • La qualité de l'emballage, l'amour du détail au niveau de la protection des parties fragiles ou tranchantes provoquent à eux seuls l'admiration. La statuette est très belle et le délai respecté.

    user-da81c95 April 26, 2019

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    Cher Serge, si je peux me permettre, encore merci pour votre commentaire.
    Je vois que vous appréciez particulièrement les bronzes mossi de Ouagadougou.Aujourd'hui le bronze coûte cher, le prix du cuivre et de l'étain étant devenus prohibitifs pour les artisans. C'est pourquoi les pièces les plus grandes - mais pas forcément les plus réussies- datent des années 50-60. Je vais bientôt proposer sur catawiki un cavalier au cheval cabré de ma collection. Bien à vous.
    Frédéric Paris
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    Colissimo est venu à pied, mais très content avec l'objet.
    Heureusement que la France et la Belgique sont des voisins.
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    zulu April 11, 2019

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    Tudo bem, embalado cuidadosa e máscara de acordo com fotografias e descrição. Obrigado. Très bien, emballé avec soin et masque selon les photographies et la description. Merci.
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    joman55 April 9, 2019

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    Perfect
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    user-d3bf991 March 29, 2019

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    très sérieux emballage soigné. Objets conformes à la description. Pas de problème.
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    jak2tahiti March 26, 2019

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    tres bonne transaction objet correspondant a la description
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    nicolas44 March 26, 2019

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    Tutto bene. Grazie
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    minotaurus56 March 25, 2019

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    Het prachtig gesneden beeldje "cariatide bank" van de Luba is in perfecte staat aangekomen. Ik ben er bijzonder blij mee. Het is nog mooier dan ik verwachtte. Hartelijk dank!
    Merci pour ce trésor!
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    kuylvrouw March 25, 2019

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