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The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, of which the Grebo, settled in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire, are one. Their chief is the bodio , who lives in seclusion. Unlike most West African populations, they are not subject to the Poro society. Their masks with tubular outgrowths are said to be of Obi origin, and could symbolise the mythical creatures that inhabit the forests on the banks of the Cavally, which the people address through ritual ceremonies.


Grebo / Kru mask
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The African tribal art from the Ivory Coast and its fantastic African masks
. Equipped with two pairs of tubular eyes, in reference to the expression often quoted in West Africa "four eyes", qualifying a person endowed with a power of divination, this Kru mask, on which animal attributes form a disparate composition, adopts a most singular face. A goatee of vegetable fibers gives it a human aspect. Velvety and grainy matt patina. Indigo, red and white highlights.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups of which the Grebo, settled in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire, are a part. Their chief is the bodio , who lives reclusively. Unlike most of the populations of West Africa, they are not subject to the Poro society. Their masks with tubular ...


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Kru / Oubi Mask
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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 ...


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Krou Face Mask
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Two projections with brass pupils refer to the phrase often quoted in West Africa "Four eyes", describing a person endowed with a power of divination. This African mask Kru also uses cannons from war masks Guéré produced by the bloodlines Wé thanks to the multiple horned elements animating the surface. The horns at the top are an allusion to cattle, while cloth pouches contain apotropaic elements. A raphia cloth underlines the jaw.
Residual kaolin incrustations.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, based in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives reclusively. Unlike most people in West Africa, they are not subject to Poro society. Their masks with tubular growths are said to be of origin oubi , ...


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Masque facial Kru / Grebo
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The African art of Côte d'Ivoire and its fantastic masks
With six pairs of tubular eyes, in reference to the phrase often quoted in West Africa "four eyes", describing a person endowed with a power of divination, this Kru board mask has a parallelepipedal mouth brushed with red ochre. Striped patterns painted on the surface contrast with the speckled brown patina of the ensemble. The top has co-meddlehorn horns and a raffia beard garnishes the lower base. The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, based in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives reclusively. Unlike most people in West Africa, they are not subject to Poro society. Their masks with tubular growths are said to be of origin oubi , and could symbolize ...


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Grand masque Grebo/Kru
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The African art of Côte d'Ivoire and its fantastic masksDated with six pairs of tubular eyes, in reference to the expression often cited in West Africa U-0024 ED", describing a person with a power of divination, this Kru plank mask, coated with kaolin, presents a mouth-muzzle enhanced with pink ochre. The summit offers horns that meet. Abrasions. Raffia beard.
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 ...


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The African tribal art of Côte d'Ivoire and its fantastic masks
With four pairs of tubular eyes, in reference to the phrase often quoted in West Africa "four eyes", describing a person endowed with a power of divination, this Kru board mask features a fleshy lip mouth brushed with red ochre. Decorative motifs carved into the wood are enhanced with clear pigments contrasting with the dark patina of the whole. The top has a crest of feathers. The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, based in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives reclusively. Unlike most people in West Africa, they are not subject to Poro society. Their masks with tubular growths are said to be of origin oubi , and could symbolize the mythical ...


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Masque facial Grebo Kru
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The African art of the shores of the Cavally and its fantastic masks
Colorful expressionism for this version of the Kru mask combining cylindrical and cubic volumes. The flat surface is animated by tubular growths evoking extra lucid faculties, a nasal ridge and a quadrangular mouth, plated with aluminum leaves, overlapping. At the top, short horns frame feathers inserted into the wood giving the illusion of a spiky hairstyle. The mask extends into its inferentious part of a thick beard made of wool fibers. Metal rings, fixed on the contours, accompanied with their sound the movements of the dancer by clicking on the surface of the wood. Abraded speckled matte patina.
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