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Grebo Mask (N° 22318)
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, who live in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire.
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Their leader is the bodio, who lives in seclusion.
These African masks endowed with tubular excrescences 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.
The series of tubular eyes are associated here with faculties of clairvoyance. Grainy patina. Clear and polychrome pigments.
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