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The Baule people occupy a part of the Côte d'Ivoire between the Komoé and Bandama Rivers that is both forest and savanna land.
Mamiwata mask usually depicts a brightly colored female face surrounded or topped by animals - often snake and bird. Usually the animals are shown in dynamic poses and vivid colors and they allude to a local a story or a proverb.
Although the snake does not fly it has caught the bird whose home is in the sky.
This red mask is topped by a snake a bird.
Provenance: Yuri Raskin home for over 40 years.
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