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Guéré Mask (N° 19011)
The African mask Guéré is reputed to be a complex piece both in terms of shapes and, often, also materials. Here it consists of a combination of globular, tubular, crunchy growths, around which wood, leather and textile fibers are clumped in a crustal coating.
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Prior to the 1960s, masks, whose development was inspired by the visits of spirits during dreams, accompanied most activities such as war, dancing, singing, hunting. Each of these masks had a name associated with its function. It remained the property of the lineage of the dancer.
If the mask has a social function, such as when it is required by the chief to order certain work, it may also be used to entertain the villagers.
Guéré form an ethnic group from a forest region along the western border of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of a larger ethnic group called Wé also including the Wobé ethnic group with which the Guéré have many customs and beliefs in common.
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|Material(s)||wood, textile, plant fibre|
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