Baule Mbra Cult Monkey Mask

Regular price $3,750.00

Baule People, Côte d'Ivoire: Mbra Cult Monkey Mask, c.1900. The abstracted facial features are smoothed from handling and patinated with the remnants of black and brown coatings. The mask comes with a custom-made wood-and-steel display stand.

Monkey masks and other representations of monkeys are intimately associated with the Baule. Their carving is among the most refined and restrained in Africa, and the simplicity and refined rendering of this mask is a fine example of their best craft.

Monkey masks are rare among the BAULE, whose Mbra cult includes the creation and veneration of many simian sculptures. According to the Baule, monkeys are the link between civilized world of the village and the dangerous sphere of the wild bush.

Dimensions: 10H x 5:W x 6D; 12 H on stand. (inches)

Provenance: From the private collection of a Massachusetts Gentleman.