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Goli (Entertainment Mask)

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The Baule of modern day Ivory Coast perform a number of dances for village entertainment; one such performance is known as goli. A recent import from the Wan ethnic group (believed to come into use among the Baule after...


Asie Usu (Bush Spirit Figure)

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Two primary forms of figure carvings are used by the Baule; asie usu (also called asye usu; literally meaning ‘genius of the bush’) figures used by diviners (komien) and blolo bian & blolo bia ‘spirit...


Kpelie (Ancestor Mask)

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The social, economic and spiritual lives of Senufo men are governed by an overarching initiation society known as Poro. A Senufo man must pass through all stages of the initiation society to be considered a rounded man with...


Wanyugo (Funeral Helmet Mask)

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The wanyugo (also called wanyugu) mask, used by the Wabele society active within Southern Senufo sub-groups, functions mainly to detect and ward off the influences of witches, negative forces (dee bele) and bush spirits...


Bedu (Moon Plank Mask)

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Found among three main ethnic groups, the Nafana, the Kulango and the Degho, bedu masks (meaning ‘moon’) are believed to represent the physical manifestation of a domesticated buffalo-like spirit...


Bugle (War Mask)

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The Dan believe that ‘in’ and behind’ this world exists an essential force called dü which is usually described as a power that is present in all aspects of the world. Dü manifests itself as invisible spirits which may...