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Kru Mask (N° 19967)

The African art of the banks of the Cavally and its fantastic masks.
The flat surface of this polychrome mask comes alive with tubular growths that would be associated with extra lucid faculties. The nasal ridge is punctuated by two volumes evoking mouths incised with teeth, while at the top, short horns frame feathers giving the illusion of a bristling hairstyle. Lack on the bottom edge. Abraded speckled matte patina. Desication cracks.
The Kru se divides into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, based in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives reclusive in a hut, the takae . Their masks with tubular growths are said to be of oubi, and could symbolize the mythical creatures that populate the forests of the banks of the Cavally, to which the people address themselves through ritual ceremonies. The interest of Cubist painters and modern sculptors in the abstract forms of the Grebo mask can be seen in some of their works, such as Picasso's metal guitar in 1914.  

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Originex-collection italienne
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, plumes
Height cm72
Width20 cm
Weight1.30 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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