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Guéré Mask (N° 14086)

The African mask Guéré is known to be a complex piece in terms of both shapes and materials.

Before the 1960s, masks, whose elaboration was inspired by the visits of spirits during dreams, accompanied most activities such as war, dance, singing, hunting. Each of these masks had a name associated with its function. It remained the property of the dancer's lineage. The mass of the forehead decorated with a wool pad from which exceeds a sheep's horn is formed here in a visor, opposing the globular and cylindrical volumes of the two pairs of eyes. At the top, a skin, fixed by upholstery nails, is stretched on the wool. The mouth offers disparate metal teeth. The peripheral ornament consists of amulets in the form of balls, fangs and pouches filled with magic ingredients. If this mask has a social function, such as when it is required by the chief to order certain works, it may also be intended to distract the villagers.

Specks, kaolin residues, red ochre residual pigments.
The guéré are an ethnic group from a forested region along the western border of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of a larger people named also including the Wobé ethnic group with whom the Guéré have many customs and beliefs in common.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyGuere
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, laine, textile, metal
Height40
Width19
Weight2.22 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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