Telling Objects: Giving Thanks
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What would life be without joyful celebrations and thanks-giving? Independence Day without family barbecues, parades, and fireworks would be inconsequential. Can a great victory be enjoyed fully without parties, medals, memorials, and parades? The pride of personal achievement would be muted without ceremonies of thanks and praise. Many life events call for celebration; none would be as meaningful and significant without the ritual expression of joy and gratefulness.
Three dissimilar objects in this exhibition indicate jubilation and thankfulness. The Face Mask (Kpan) is key in the Baule culture's dance of rejoicing. Its sleek appearance expresses the attributes of a beautiful Baule woman. The Crest Mask of the Boki's male hunting association rejoices in a successful hunt. The killed animal is ritually recognized and thanked through a mask created from animal hide and antlers. The Spear Blade Currency (Liganda) is given in grateful exchange for a highly prized gift of extreme value.
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