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Web of Art 17: Transformations, Masks and Shamans

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19th-20th c African (West) Baulé Sculpture

BAULE PEOPLE Anonymous (aka Baoulé Anonymous) (active Before 18th c - present) Primary
c. 1850-1950
19th-20th c
Northern & Western Coast. Cote d'Ivoire.
Berkeley. California. University of California. Lowie Museum.
When children reached puberty, they were initiated into the tribe with very special rites, which included circumcision for boys and excision for girls. There is much recent criticism of these painful procedures, although they are still practiced by many peoples. This particular mask was used for the circumcision rites of the Suku people in Zaire.

Caption: BAULé | Mask. | c. 1850-1950 | West African | Baulé

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