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Nyabwa Warrior Mask / Bété Ivory Coast (N° 16948)

Entanglement of disparate horns for this face mask of the beté/guéré ethnic group. The horns are nailed to the wooden surface forming the face and a band of hardened canvas conceals the base. The whole is coated with a crusty film where dark pigments mingle. A large toothed mouth appears between the horns. At the top, a magical charge was slipped into a canvas bag.
This is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the mask society gla of the population Wobé and Guéré , set called or ", men who easily forgive", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou, these traditions having been passed on to them and taught by the Nyabwa. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn accompanied by amulets that protect its wearer from its power from witchcraft. It is in order to strengthen its power through the exercise of customary justice that these masks are made available to the chief  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyBété
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, cornes, textile, plant fibre
Height41
Width30
Weight3.05 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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