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Wobé mask (N° 20182)

This ancient example is reminiscent of African Dan masks, but its features are more accentuated. A band of kaolin originally covered the eyes. Thick particles remain on the surface. Embellished with various accessories, he would embody a fearsome spirit, a supernatural power, that of the forest. It would appear equipped with many accessories, during night outings, illuminated by the light of torches.
The produced African masks that are the result of interlocking stylistic forms. The Dan , in the north, and the of the south (the Krou group including the Guéré , the Wobé of the northeast, and the of Liberia called Kran or Khran), made use of frequent borrowing 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 maw of an animal creature, are associated with human features marking the duality of the divine. Before the 1960s, the masks, whose elaboration was inspired by the visits of spirits during dreams, accompanied most activities such as war, dance, singing, and hunting. Each of these masks had a name associated with its function. It remained the property of the dancer's lineage. The Wé were also renowned for their knowledge of plants for therapeutic purposes.  

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OriginEx-collection Lefevre
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, cauris, perles, metal, plant fibre
Height cm25
Width17 cm
Weight0.40 Kg
Estimated datingmid-xx°
Socle includedYes

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