Baule Sickness Medicine Mask
Baule Tribe, Ivory Coast
Wood

H: 12.5"
Inventory # 10358

This mask shows the bewildered expression of one who has been victimized by the effect of disease and pain. The normally smooth, refined, and symmetrical lines characteristic of Baule masks are here replaced by deliberate roughness and asymmetry. The question is whether this is a portrait of one who is suffering from pain or sickness, the medicine intended to protect the tribe from illness, or both.  

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