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Bété-Guéré Mask (N° 18759)
Ex-collection French African art.
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Horns evoking phalanges mask the long nose of this African tribal mask of the Bete/healed ethnic group, giving it a most fantastic aspect. A forehead like a helmet, globular eyelids, bleached, and a flat chin with a protruding mouth form the main features. Granular, velvety patina.
It is mainly in the west of the Ivory Coast that the Bété use masks whose style was influenced by the gla society of the Wobé and Guéré , group called Wé or "the men who forgive easily", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been transmitted and taught to them by the Nyabwa .
Of warrior origin but also involved in conflict resolution, this sacred mask is worn accompanied by amulets that protect its wearer from witchcraft. These masks are made available to the chief in order to strengthen his power through the exercise of customary justice.
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