Mblo portrait masks are amongst the Baule’s most refined forms of sculpture. This type of mask was used in the final sequence of dances that culminated in a tribute to an important member of the group, for whom the mask served as a double. It was generally worn by a man to honour the dance and the beauty of a woman related to him. The broad forehead and downcast eyes were classic features associated with the intellect and respect. Such masks therefore represented a personality rather than a portrait based on physical resemblance.