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Grebo masker / Kru Liberia (N° 20701)
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups of which the Grebo, settled in southern Liberia and southwestern Ivory Coast, are a part.
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Their leader is the bodio, who lives reclusively.
These African masks forming a stylized face with horns and tubular outgrowths for eyes are thought to be of Obi origin, and may symbolize the mythical creatures that inhabit the forests on the banks of the Cavally River, which the people address through ritual ceremonies.
The interest of cubist painters and modern sculptors in the abstract forms of the Grebo mask can be seen in some of their works, such as Picasso's 1914 metal guitar.
The series of tubular eyes are associated here with clairvoyant faculties. The nasal ridge runs towards a toothed quadrilateral mouth.
Granular patina. Polychrome pigments.
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