- Label Text
- The Baule adoped the goli masquerade from the neighboring Wan peoples within the last 100 years. Largely an entertainment mask, it can also be danced for the funerals of important men. A day long festival, goli features four pairs of masks that appear in a junior male and female and senior male and female hierarchy. However, each pair of masks is also defined as having both male and female aspects; the gender is identified by the order of appearance in the dance and the color the mask is painted.
- This mask, one of the senior male mask pairs, takes the form of a large helmet mask with projecting antelope horns and wide gaping jaws, painted red and black.
- Wood helmet mask composed of horizontal animal head with antelope horns and square snout with open jaws with lifted tongue, serrated crest on head and snout and red oval arching eye sockets. Mask has black painted surface with white details and red mouth and eye sockets.
- African trader, Liberia, -- to 1965-1967
- Robert and Nancy Nooter, Washington, D.C., 1965-1967 to 1977
- Data Source
- National Museum of African Art
- Baule artist
- Mid 20th century
- Credit Line
- Gift of Robert and Nancy Nooter
- Wood, paint
- H x W x D: 33.6 x 28 x 72.6 cm (13 1/4 x 11 x 28 9/16 in.)