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Guéré/Bété Mask (N° 18715)
Ex-collection French African tribal art.
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African mask from Ivory Coast supposed to provoke fear, it is distinguished by side hooks, exposed metal teeth, and a forehead similar to a helmet. It also has a long horsehair moustache imprisoned in a resinous mass. Polychrome crusty patina.
It is mainly in the west of the Ivory Coast that the Bété use masks related to the cult of the bagnon . The style of their dance masks has been influenced by the Wobe and Guéré populations, a group called Wé 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 warrior origin but also involved in conflict resolution, this sacred mask is worn accompanied by amulets that protect its wearer from witchcraft and its power. These masks are made available to the chief in order to strengthen his power through the exercise of customary justice.
The elements of the bush, protruding volumes of the forehead, horns and fangs, zoomorphic jaw in some cases evoking the gaping mouth of an animal creature, are associated with human features marking the duality of the divine.
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|Material(s)||wood, metal, crin et peau animale|
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