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Grebo Mask (N° 22317)
African art from the banks of the Cavally and its fantastic masks.
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Colorful expressionism for this version of the Kru mask combining a flat surface with tubular growths associated with the faculties of clairvoyance, a nasal bridge and a quadrangular mouth. Abraded speckled matte patina.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four sub-groups, including the Grebo, who live in southern Liberia and southwest Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives recluse in a hut, the takae.
Their masks with tubular growths would be of oubi origin, and could symbolize the mythical creatures that inhabit the forests on the banks of the Cavally, to which the people address themselves through ritual ceremonies. The interest of cubist painters and modern sculptors for 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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