Kpan Mask


Artwork explanation

This mask type, called Kpan, belongs to the family of the Goli masks. Among the Baule, the Goli appears in four different types in times of danger, illness and at funerals to ward off evil and exert a positive influence on supernatural forces.

The present Kpan mask is made of medium-weight wood in perfect Baule style. With an extremely finely carved hairstyle consisting of three thick, rounded hair crests and a sweeping braid that stretches towards the back and is rejoined at the top of the main crest.

The serious face of the mask is red with typical tribal scarification marks on the forehead, on both temples and at the corners of the mouth. With high eyebrow arches, a typical, small, straight Baule nose, and painted eyes with large, black pupils evocatively gazing ahead.

Two small slits for the masked dancer are located under the eyes so the dancer is able to look out through these slits, overall a masterfully crafted Baule people.

Kpan mask with a moon like head crests from the Baule people of the Ivory Coast. In a festival to honor women, men dance with these masks in a feminine, graceful manner with elegant steps which celebrates the beauty and power of women.


Exhibition history

CAMA Gallery | Cote dIvoires Peoples | Exhibition | Cote d Ivoire

Tehran Gallery

Cote d Ivoire

solo exhibition, 07 December - 27 December


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