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Beet Guéré Mask (N° 13456)

This imposing African mask, supposed to cause dread, is carved from dense wood and features mainly horns that meet head-on around an imposing buzzed nose and a protruding mouth highlighted with red pigments. Surmounting two openings that make up the eyes, the forehead forms an advance in flat, circular volume evoking a helmet. It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks related to the cult of the bagnon. The style of their dance masks was influenced by the populations Wobé and Guéré , an ensemble called or "men who easily forgive ", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having them transmitted and taught by the Nyabwa. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its wearer from its power against witchcraft. It is in order to strengthen his power through the exercise of customary justice that these masks are made available to the chief.

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Originrécolté in-situ
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Weight1.72 Kg
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