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Grebo Mask (N° 22319)
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Equipped with six pairs of tubular eyes, referring to the expression often quoted in West Africa "four eyes", qualifying a person endowed with faculties of clairvoyance, this Kru plate mask presents an alternating polychromy.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, who live in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives in seclusion. Unlike most West African populations, they are not subject to Poro society. 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. source: "Trésors de Côte d'Ivoire. F.Neyt "
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