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Bete/Guro face mask (N° 19174)
The mask offers a wide forehead that a scarification divides vertically, specificity of the zone located between the Guro and the Bétés. Lumpy clusters of kaolin, composing the relief of a hairstyle, evoke the white hair of the ancient. The main feature of this mask consists of inlays of nails underlining the upper part of the face. This mask, whose function remains poorly documented, is said to symbolize masculine strength, and perhaps also a powerful notable named "migone".
The Bété form a poplar established on the left bank of the Sassandra River in the southwest of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and the Niabwa, their masks are very similar in design and function.
"Guro" ed. 5Continents.
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