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African Mask Bété / Dida (N° 14910)
It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla populations Wobé and Guéré, together called Wé or "men who easily forgive".This naturalistic mask, from the central-western region of Côte d'Ivoire on the border of the dida country, is carved from heavy wood. It has a high ovoid forehead, seat of wisdom and reflection, which a middle ridge highlighted by brass nails divides. The hairstyle separated in three is raised with kaolin. The protruding, half-closed palpebral slits are surrounded by parallel scarifications. The mouth is ajar. An outgrowth forming collar, lined with interlacing pearls and a raffia beard, borders the lower part. Abraded satin skate. Remains of white pigments. Height: 62 cm with raffia.
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This mask Bété comes from the central-western region of Côte d'Ivoire. The Bété are divided into ninety-three ethnic groups and belong to the group Krou , like the Wé and Dida. Practicing the cult of bagnon , they wear masks causing dread, called Gré , endowed with a bulging forehead and sometimes also a horned head, in order to guard against spirits. Some masks dance in pairs and others in groups of seven. The copy above had a judicial and apotropaic function.
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|Material(s)||wood, brass, raphia, perles|
|Estimated dating||2ème moité xx°|
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