African art > African mask, tribal art, primitive art > Krou Mask
The tribal art of Côte d'Ivoire and its fantastic masks.
Serating tubular pupils, in reference to a person with a power of divination, and a gaping mouth, in pout, distinguishes this plank mask Kru, or Krou, topped by a double flat crest. Tiny zoomorphic ears stand out on either side of the headdress. The grey beige patina is enhanced with touches of colour.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, settled in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio , who lives reclusive. Unlike most people in West Africa, they are not subject to Poro society. Their masks with tubular growths are said to be of oubi, and could symbolize the mythical creatures that populate the forests of the banks of the Cavally, to which the people ...