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Gueré / Bété mask (N° 20693)

Originally designed to frighten, this heavy zoomorphic mask encrusted with brass nails is equipped with excrescences like fangs and large ears. The bulging eyes are whitened and the mouth and ears are coated with red ochre.
It is mainly in the west of the Ivory Coast that the Bété employ masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla glaé of the populations Wobé and Guéré , a group called or "men who forgive easily", itself belonging to the Krou cultural group, these traditions having been transmitted and taught to them by the Nyabwa . Of warlike origin but also participating in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn accompanied by amulets that protect its wearer from its power against witchcraft. It is in order to reinforce its power through the exercise of customary justice that these masks are made available to the chief.  

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OriginEx-collection française
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal
Weight1.45 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
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