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White Wé Guéré Mask (N° 17955)

Fangs placed in tight rows, similar to horns, lighten here with a shaggy headdress this mask Guéré Wé, ethnic group of the west of Côte d'Ivoire. Half-closed bulbous eyelids, a protruding forehead, a sneering mouth set with metal for the teeth, form the characters of this piece of tribal art. The contrast of colours and shapes, the brilliance of the kaolin and the powerfully expressive appearance make it a work of choice.
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. This mask 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 Wé were also known for their knowledge of plants for therapeutic use.  

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Originex-collection Cheminal
EthnyGuere
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, metal, textile
Height40
Width35
Weight2.82 Kg
Estimated dating2ème halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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