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Wé Wobé Mask (N° 17039)
Supposed to facilitate communication with spirits, this large mask has globular eyes, oversized lips from which sticks depicting the teeth protrude, distinct scarifications, and a carefully braided hairstyle. A beard of vegetable fibers, dyed in black, prolongs it. Each family clan depends on the Wobé , the authority of an elder respected for his wisdom and rank. It also depends on the organization of family life, and also on religious life.
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speed darkpatine, residual kaolin inlays.
The Wé , ethnic groups in western Côte d'Ivoire have produced African masks that are the result of interlocking stylistic forms. The Dan to the north, and the Wé (Krou group comparing to Guéré, Wobé bee -east and Wé Liberia called Kran or Khran), used frequent borrowings due to their proximity. Elements of the forest such as protruding features are associated with human traits marking the duality of the divine. Before the 1960s, masks, whose elaboration was inspired by the visits of spirits during dreams, accompanied most activities such as war, dance, singing, hunting. Each of these masks had a name associated with its function. It remained the property of the dancer's lineage.
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|Origin||ex-collection docteur Cordier|
|Material(s)||wood, plant fibre|
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