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Glé Bété Dance Mask (N° 12236)
African art and dance Bété.
Hearing elements, evoking horns under which pierce two small circular eyes, combine in a spectacular composition.The conical nose develops above the philtrum. Then voluminous lips, half open, The piece is lined with nails, the brightness of which contrasts with the dark brown patina .. Residues of kaolin and red ocher vegetable powder It is mainly in the west of the Ivory Coast that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of the masks gla of the populations Wobe and Guere, together called Wé or "the men who forgive easily", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou. transmitted and taught by the Nyabwa, of warlike origin but also involved in conflict resolution, this sacred mask is accompanied by amulets that protect the holder of its power against witchcraft. It is in order to strengthen its power through the exercise of customary justice that these masks are made available to the chief.