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African art - Bété:

The Bété, in southwestern Côte d'Ivoire, produce statues and masks that share similarities with those of the Wé and Vaï of Liberia. The function of their statuary has not yet been clearly defined.


Glé Bété Dance Mask
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African art and dance Bété.

Hearing elements, evoking horns under which pierce two small circular eyes, combine in a spectacular composition.The conical nose develops above the philtrum. Then voluminous lips, half open, The piece is lined with nails, the brightness of which contrasts with the dark brown patina .. Residues of kaolin and red ocher vegetable powder It is mainly in the west of the Ivory Coast that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of the masks gla of the populations Wobe and Guere, together called Wé or "the men who forgive easily", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou. transmitted and taught by the Nyabwa, of warlike origin but also involved in conflict resolution, this sacred mask is accompanied by amulets that protect ...


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Beet Guéré Mask
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This imposing African mask, supposed to cause dread, is carved from dense wood and features mainly horns that meet head-on around an imposing buzzed nose and a protruding mouth highlighted with red pigments. Surmounting two openings that make up the eyes, the forehead forms an advance in flat, circular volume evoking a helmet. It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks related to the cult of the bagnon. The style of their dance masks was influenced by the populations Wobé and Guéré , an ensemble called Wé or "men who easily forgive ", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having them transmitted and taught by the Nyabwa. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its ...


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Warrior Mask - Guéré - Bété
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The African art of the Wé peoples and its African warrior
The elements that make up the face of this abstract face are dramatically duplicated. The result is a belligerent face, made up of horns and disparate tubular eyes. Metallic shards animate the dark patina. The forehead evokes a warrior helmet, typical of these masks supposed to cause dread. An animal skin sheaths it, topped with dried fruit and horns. The raffia and hair beard conceals bells and bells.

Thusin the west of Côte d'Ivoire, the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the mask society gla we ed and Guéré, a set referred to as Wé or 'men who forgive easily', itself belonging to the cultural group Krou, these traditions having been passed on to them and taught to them by the Nyabwa. Of warlike ...


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Big Bété Mask
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This imposing African mask, supposed to cause dread, is carved from dense wood and has mainly a nose extending from horns. Four orifices form the eye, while the upper part, evoking a helmet, combines hoops and a zoomorphic crest. It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks related to the cult of the bagnon. The style of their dance masks was influenced by the peoples Wobé and Guéré , an ensemble called Wé or "men who easily forgive ", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been passed down to them and taught to them by the Nyabwa. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its wearer from its power against witchcraft. It is in order to strengthen his power through ...


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Bété / Guéré Mask
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African mask carved in dense wood. Supposed to cause dread, it mainly has horns that meet frontally (the end of one of them is missing). The look of bleached bulbous eyelids is complemented by tubular elements forming a second pair of eyes, while the upper part evokes a helmet encrusted with tapestry nails.
The Bété use masks linked to the cult of the bagnon in western Côte d'Ivoire. The style of their dance masks was influenced by the Wobé and Guéré peoples, a group referred to Wé or 'the men who readily forgive', itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been passed on to them and taught by the Nyabwa. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn accompanied by amulets that protect its wearer from its ...


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Nyabwa Warrior Mask / Bété Ivory Coast
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Entanglement of disparate horns for this face mask of the beté/guéré ethnic group. The horns are nailed to the wooden surface forming the face and a band of hardened canvas conceals the base. The whole is coated with a crusty film where dark pigments mingle. A large toothed mouth appears between the horns. At the top, a magical charge was slipped into a canvas bag.
This is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the mask society gla of the population Wobé and Guéré , set called Wé or ", men who easily forgive", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou, these traditions having been passed on to them and taught by the Nyabwa. Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn accompanied ...

Mask Bété Guéré spider
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Entanglement of disparate horns for this facial mask of the bété/guéré ethnic group. The base of the horns was nailed to the flat, circular wooden surface and then bound by a thick strip of hardened canvas. The whole thing is plastered with a crusty film where red and white ochre pigments mingle. It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla populations Wobé and Guéré , together referred to as Wé or ", men who easily forgive", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been passed down to them and taught to them by the Nyabwa . Of warlike origin but also involved in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its wearer from its power against ...


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Glé Bété facial mask
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Ex-collection French African art.
The Bété are a people of farmers based on the left bank of the Sassandra River in the south-west of the Ivory Coast. Their almost non-existent statuary of African tribal art gives way to African masks particularly striking in their forms and volumes.
These masks introduced by the Niabwa were carved in order to provoke psychological conditions conducive to rituals. Each of them had a secret name and materialized the powers of the forest. At the disposal of the chef, they were exhibited during funeral ceremonies or on the occasion of the great feasts of meetings between several villages.
Once he was a mask of war and had the mission of preparing men for battle. This mask is equipped with horns turning over the mouth like the spider's paws ...


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African Mask Bété / Dida
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It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla populations Wobé and Guéré, together called Wé or "men who easily forgive".This naturalistic mask, from the central-western region of Côte d'Ivoire on the border of the dida country, is carved from heavy wood. It has a high ovoid forehead, seat of wisdom and reflection, which a middle ridge highlighted by brass nails divides. The hairstyle separated in three is raised with kaolin. The protruding, half-closed palpebral slits are surrounded by parallel scarifications. The mouth is ajar. An outgrowth forming collar, lined with interlacing pearls and a raffia beard, borders the lower part. Abraded satin skate. Remains of white pigments. Height: 62 cm with raffia.
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Bété/Dida Mask
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This African mask from Cote d'Ivoire forms a face mask consisting of an ovoid skull overlooking the flat part on which the features are born. The hairstyle, which attests to its origin Bété and Gouro,rein, is combined in three grooved sets highlighted with brass nails. The ridge sharing the forehead evokes the scarifications in use, the delicately sculpted eyelids are lowered and proportionally reduced ears are written laterally. The detailed philtrum joins the mouth ajar. The Bété are a people on the left bank of the Sassandra River on the south-west side of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and Niabwa , the invoice of their masks, as well as their function, have great similarities. Very smooth, sainy, locally thinned. Use of kaolin pigments on the hairstyle. Bone of the nose lightly ...


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Bété / Gouro beak mask
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Extended face mask of a spectacular bifid, toothed beak. The room has an ovoid face in which the hairstyle, divided into three curves highlighted with brass, is a atteste of its Bété origin, but also of the southern Gouro. The middle rib in relief evokes the scarifications in use, The heavy diagonal eyelids rely on raised ribs associated with ethnic scarifications. A line of cauris, encrusted in a crusty agglomerate, runs on the edge of the beak also decorated with metal stripes. Kaolin residue, dark patina sained and abraded.
The Bété are a people established on the left bank of the Sassandra River on the south-west side of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and Niabwa , the invoice of their masks, as well as their function, have great similarities. These masks introduced by ...


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Bété Mask / Dida
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The traditional sculptures of Côte d'Ivoire
This face mask with an ovoid face in which the hairstyle, divided into three curves highlighted by parallel rainuires, is a atteste of its Bété origin, but also of the southern Gouro. The ridge sharing the forehead evokes the scarifications in use, the eyelids are carefully sculpted and proportionally reduced ears are parted sideways. The philtrum runs towards large, superimposed circular trays, forming like a large gaping macho, accentuated by a bleached rib. The Bété are a people established on the left bank of the Sassandra River on the south-west side of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and Niabwa , the invoice of their masks, as well as their function, have great similarities.
Grain surface, matte, with kaolin residue.


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Bété Ivory Coast Mask
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Ex-collection Of Luxembourg African art.
The presence of sheep horns, entangled and joining head-on, gives this African face mask of the ethnic betais a fantastic look. Between the horns appear the expressionist features of a face whose small eyes and mouth are hollowed out. A thick strip of hardened canvas, combined with raffia, nailed to the wood, hides the base of the horns. At the top a clump of canvas, nails, and plant fibers forms a small circular mass. The whole thing is plastered with a crusty film, mixed with red ochre and white ekaolin. It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the mask society of the populations Wobé and Guéré , together called Wé or ", the men who easily forgive", himself belonging to the ...


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Bété Face Mask / Gouro Tohourou
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Ex-Belgian African art collection.
The Bété form a people established on the left bank of the Sassandra River southwest of the Ivory Coast. Close to the Kouya and Niabwa , the invoice of their masks, as well as their function, have great similarities. These masks introduced by the Niabwa were carved with the aim of provoking psychological conditions conducive to rituals. Each of them had a secret name and materialized the powers of the forest.  At the disposal of the chief, they were exhibited during funeral ceremonies or on the occasion of the great feasts of meetings between several villages. According to Koré, in Côte d'Ivoire's Living Masks", Bété masks include two types: the tohourou and the dancer mask glé . The piece offers a broad front that a scarification divides ...


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Nyabwa Bété Mask
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Ex private collection of African art Pascal Roland ( Belgium).

With an ombudsman function in the African art, the Glé mask is carved in order to provoke fear and to represent the negative force of the forest. This mask is used either during funeral ceremonies or during the feasts that occurs for the meetings between villages. Formerly it was a war mask that had as utility to prepare the men for the fight. He have horns turning over the mouth like the legs of a spider going on her prey. Following armed conflicts, this mask chaired at peace ceremonies and to the daily justice sessions.


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African mask Bété / Dida
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It is mainly in the west of Ivory Coast that the Bété employ masks whose style has been influenced by the society of the Gla masks of the Wobe and Guéré populations, together called Wé or "men who forgive easily" . This beautiful naturalistic mask, from the west-central region of Côte d'Ivoire on the border of Dida country, is carved in a heavy wood. It has a high ovoid front, seat of wisdom and reflection, a median ridge highlighted with brass nails divides. The hairstyle separated in three is lined with animal skin. The palpebral fissures prominent, half-closed, are surrounded by parallel scarifications. In the slightly prognathic chin appears an open mouth on incised teeth. A frustum forming a collar garnishes the base. Orifices on the perimeter served to fix the raffia set that ...





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