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Guéré Mask
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Guere African Art.
The African mask Guéré is known to be a complex piece in terms of both shapes and materials.

Guere masks are singers, dancers or warriors. Here the mask Guéré displays side attributes evoking small arms holding spoons. These large, ceremonial carved spoons belonged to the woman in charge of the young girls' initiation society. Representing the status and power of women, they were brandished during dancefestivities, and used to serve the meal to the notables.

Speckled patina, kaolin residues, residual ritual libation inlays at the top. Desication crack. The Guéré are an ethnic group from a forested region along the western border of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of a larger people called Wé also including the Wobé ethnic group with which the ...


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Guéré Mask
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African art > African mask > Guéré Mask

The African mask Guéré is known to be a complex piece in terms of both shapes and materials.

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. The mass of the forehead decorated with a wool pad from which exceeds a sheep's horn is formed here in a visor, opposing the globular and cylindrical volumes of the two pairs of eyes. At the top, a skin, fixed by upholstery nails, is stretched on the wool. The mouth offers disparate metal teeth. The peripheral ornament consists of amulets in the form of balls, fangs and pouches filled with magic ingredients. If ...


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White Wé Guéré Mask
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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 Wé have produced African masks that are the result of interlocking stylistic forms. The Dan to the north, and the Wé (Krou group comparing to Guéré, Wobé bee -east and Wé 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 ...


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Polychrome Bété-Guéré Mask
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Ex-French African tribal art collection.
This imposing African mask, supposed to cause dread, is carved from dense wood and has mainly hands whose fingers meet frontally, concealing the nose. It is topped with brass nails at the top and equally protruding eyelids and lips. A thick raffia beard is attached to the contour of the chin. Some elements are raised with white pigments, red for the eyelids. 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 ...

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Guéré Wheat Gla Mask
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African mask of the Wé, ethnic group of western Côte d'Ivoire. The Dan, to the north, and the Wé of the south (including the Guéré, the Wobé of the north-east and the Wé of Liberia called Kran or Khran ), have made frequent borrowings due to their proximity, making the attribute delicate. n specific parts. This mask revolves around a concave surface similar to that of some dan masks, but in this case exuberant features in the form of globular eyes, a stunned nose and a broad protruding mouth highlighted by a red tissue and revealing a dentition are added to it. This Guéré mask also features a large crown of cauris and a thick necklace that mixes fabric, bells, wooden sticks and raffia. The patina is dyed with honey and medium brown tones, and kaolin residue around the eyes. The masks of ...


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Wobé-Guéré Mask
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Former private collection of African art Pascal Roland (Belgium).
The Wobé-Guéré masks are very close stylistically to the Bété masks.
We find characteristics such as a prominent forehead, a long nose, globular or cylindrical eyes, as well as a mouth with sometimes visible teeth. The forehead is decorated with various animal additions.
This mask is appreciated for its preserved polychromy.


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Guéré Mask
African art > African mask > Guéré Mask

Former Private Belgian collection of African art Edouard Bonhomme.

Very similar to Bété masks, this Guéré mask is very stylized and has elements worn in projection.
The tubular eyes detachment strongly from the face as does the mouth and two small horns. The pointed ears are covered with kaolin. The forehead is bulging.

Exhibited during funeral ceremonies, these masks are intended to identify the culprits


The Guéré are an ethnic group from a forested region along the western border of Côte d'Ivoire. They are part of a larger people named Wé, also comprising the Wobé ethnic group with which the Guéré share many customs and beliefs.


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