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Mask Bété Guéré spider (N° 16542)

Entanglement of disparate horns for this facial mask of the bété/guéré ethnic group. The base of the horns was nailed to the flat, circular wooden surface and then bound by a thick strip of hardened canvas. The whole thing is plastered with a crusty film where red and white ochre pigments mingle. It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla populations Wobé and Guéré , together referred to as or ", men who easily forgive", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been passed down to them and taught to them by the Nyabwa . Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its wearer from its power against witchcraft. It is in order to strengthen his power through the exercise of customary justice that these masks are made available to the chief  

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Originex-collection anglaise
EthnyBété
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, cornes d'ovin
Height30
Width20
Weight4.00 Kg
Estimated datingcirca 1950
Socle includedYes

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