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Guro-bete mask (N° 21264)

Ex-collection traditional African art from Belgium.
This African mask offers a vast forehead that a protruding scarification divides vertically, a particularity of the region between the Guro and the Bétés. Human hair has been implanted, while a goatee points under the chin. This mask, whose function remains poorly documented, would symbolize male strength, and perhaps also a powerful notable named "migone". Smooth and glossy patina of black tint, allowing a glimpse of the wood grain.

Height szur base: 41 cm.
The Bété form a tribe established on the left bank of the Sassandra River in the southwest of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and the Niabwa, the workmanship of their masks, as well as their function, offers great similarities .

"Guro" ed. 5Continents.  

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OriginEx. coll. belge Mercier
EthnyGouro
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height29
Width18
Weight1.20 Kg
Socle includedYes

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