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Guere mask (N° 22533)
The African tribal art of Ivory Coast and its fantastic African masks
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Pierced with several circular pupils in reference to the expression often quoted in West Africa "four eyes", qualifying a person endowed with a power of divination, this mask, on which various growths and an immense toothed mouth form an assembly disparate, adopts a singular physiognomy. Grainy and velvety matte patina. Ocher and white highlights.
The Guéré are settled in the southwest of Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives in seclusion. Unlike most West African populations, they are not subject to Poro society. Their masks with tubular growths would be of oubi origin, and could symbolize the mythical creatures that inhabit the forests on the banks of the Cavally, to which the people address themselves through ritual ceremonies. The interest of cubist painters and modern sculptors for the abstract forms of the Guéré mask can be seen in some of their works, such as Picasso's metal guitar in 1914.
source: "Treasures of Ivory Coast. F.Neyt"
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