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Wé mask (N° 22359)
African art in Ivory Coast.
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Beneath a visored forehead, a face imprisoned under successive arcs reveals an imposing nose framed by globular eyes; This African tribal mask forms a most fantastic version of the sculptures of the Bété/Wé ethnic group.
Smooth satin patina, residual ocher inlays. Cracks.
It is mainly in the West of the Ivory Coast that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla of the populations < i> Wobé and Guéré, together called Wé or "the men who forgive easily", themselves belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been transmitted and taught to them by the Nyabwa .
Of warlike origin but also participating in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn accompanied by amulets which protect its wearer from its power against witchcraft. It is in order to strengthen his power through the exercise of customary justice that these masks are made available to the chief.
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