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Baoule 2 - Mask


We love Marjan's talent for finding eclectic tribal art works.  The story behind each piece is a fascinating window into another culture.


Cote d’Ivoire

The Baoule are an Akan people and one of the largest groups in Cote d’Ivoire.  Traditionally farmers living in a triangle-shaped region between the two rivers of Bandama and N’Zi.  They waged the longest war of resistance to French colonisation of any West African people, and maintained their traditional objects and beliefs longer than many other groups.

Baoule art is sophisticated and stylistically diverse.  Non-inherited, the sculptor’s profession is the result of a personal choice.  With typically bulging eyes, an open mouth, the masks were used in dances and ritual celebrations.


Marjan Ertefai runs an interior design and architectural practice based in the FrenchAlps. An experienced traveller and avid collector of tribal arts, she believes art plays a central role in defining a space. She takes an intuitive approach to her design process, combining iconic furniture and objects of the past with contemporary pieces and indigenous arts from around the world.

Her relationship with talented artisans and resourceful foraging play an integral role in each project. The goal is not to create a template style, but to design a space that is personal, telling a story about its owner.

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