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Oubi mask (N° 22911)

African tribal art from Ivory Coast and its fantastic masks.
Four tubular pupils, symbolizing the gifts of divination, contrast with the rectangles making up the forehead and the mouth of this mask Kru , or even Krou bristling with feathers. Polychrome irregular surface.
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
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, plumes, seedsd'abrus, plant fibre
Height cm48
Width22 cm
Weight1.15 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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