The Baule carved staffs, scepters and mallets with the head of the sacred bushcow or antelope mask. The masks of the wilderness were fearsome, too powerful to be viewed by women. They were used to protect the village against threats, illness and for discipline. This graceful Baule staff has a long handle that supports and elegantly carved antelope with slit eyes, open mouth with teeth and stylized horns.
Origin: Ivory Coast
Time Period: Early 20th c
Provenance: Ex: Brian Layden collection, New York Ex: Ronald G. Atwood collection, Portland, OR
Materials: Wood and pigment with custom base
Dimensions: 10 in. high x 2 in. wide
Condition: Staff in fine condition
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