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Kru / Oubi Mask (N° 18454)

The tribal art of Côte d'Ivoire and its fantastic masks.
Serating tubular pupils, in reference to a person with a power of divination, and a gaping mouth, in pout, distinguishes this plank mask Kru, or Krou, topped by a double flat crest. Tiny zoomorphic ears stand out on either side of the headdress. The grey beige patina is enhanced with touches of colour.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, settled in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio , who lives reclusive. Unlike most people in West Africa, they are not subject to Poro society. Their masks with tubular growths are said to be of oubi, and could symbolize the mythical creatures that populate the forests of the banks of the Cavally, to which the people address themselves through ritual ceremonies. The interest of Cubist painters and modern sculptors in the abstract forms of the Grebo mask can be seen in some of their works, such as Picasso's metal guitar in 1914.

source: Treasures of Côte d'Ivoire. F.Neyt; Ivorian Sculptures B. Holas.  

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OriginCollection privée Essentiel Galerie, récolté in-situ 1991
EthnyKru
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height52
Width24
Weight2.10 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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