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Wé Wobé Mask (N° 17294)

This copy is reminiscent of dan masks, but its features are more accentuated. Kaolin particles remain embedded on the matte surface. Accessorized with upholstery nails, metallic teeth, pearl beard, bells and animal teeth fixed on a raffia adornment, it would embody a fearsome spirit, a supernatural power, that of the forest. It would appear equipped with many accessories, during night outings, lit by the glow of torches.
The have produced African masks that are the result of interlocking stylistic forms. The Dan to the north, and the (Krou group comparing to Guéré, Wobé bee -east and Liberia called Kran or Khran), used frequent borrowings due to their proximity. The elements of the bush, protruding volumes of the forehead, horns and fangs, zoomorphic jaw in some cases evoking the gaping mouth of an animal creature, are associated with human traits marking the duality of the divine. Before the 1960s, masks, whose elaboration was inspired by the visits of spirits during dreams, accompanied most activities such as war, dance, singing, hunting. Each of these masks had a name associated with its function. It remained the property of the dancer's lineage. The Wé were also known for their knowledge of plants for therapeutic use.  

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Originex-collection française
EthnyWe
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, perles, raphia
Height31
Depth13
Width23
Weight0.90 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle inclusOptional

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