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Kru mask (N° 23204)

African art from Ivory Coast and its abstract masks.
Plank mask on which emerge stylized human features surmounted by a visor block. Large hands with interlocking fingers form a grid in the center of the face. Velvety speckled patina.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, who live in southern Liberia and southwestern 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 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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OriginEx-collection française
EthnyKru
CountryCote d'Ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height cm50
Width19 cm
Weight1.45 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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