Fine Kulango Mask
Northwest Ivory Coast
Wood | Height 42 cm.
P R O V E N A N C E: Old Belgium collection
Fine Kulango Mask, a Kulango tribe mask stylistically influenced by the Ligbi, a neighbouring tribe of the Kulango people in the north-eastern area of the Ivory Coast. Made of wood, originally dyed black. With high horns ending in spiral volutes left and right. With narrow slit eyes, a long nose and a small, protruding mouth, hatched eyebrows in relief and scarification marks. With original black shiny patina, good usage patina on the back. The Kulango occupy a region in the Northwest Ivory Coast that borders Burkina Faso and Ghana and number roughly 190,000 in population. The Bedu masks are used in dance ceremonies during the winter solstice to purify individual dwellings for the coming year. This is a male mask with horns versus the female masks which typically have a round disk above the face.