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Baule Kple Kple Mask

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The Baule assimilated a number of their neighbors' masquerade forms: a naturalistic face mask, a horned helmet mask, and a flat circular mask called kple kple. The last of these, a male mask of junior rank, is one of several paired works that would perform sequentially in Goli society...

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Private collection, Paris. Alain de Monbrison (dealer), Paris. Merton Simpson (dealer), New York. June 11, 1990, sold by Tambaran Gallery, New York, to William and Bertha Teel, Marblehead, MA; 1996, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Teel to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 18, 1996)

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Gift of William E. and Bertha L. Teel

African, Baule, Cote d'Ivoire,


72.39 cm (28 1/2 in.)

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Wood, pigments


Africa and Oceania