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Guéré mask with a mobile jaw (N° 16978)

The have produced African masks that are the result of interlocking stylistic forms. The Dan to the north, and the (Krou group comparing to Guéré, Wobé bee -east and Liberia called Kran or Khran), used frequent borrowings due to their proximity. The were also renowned for their knowledge of plants for therapeutic use. 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.
This heavy mask would embody a fearsome spirit, a supernatural power, that of the forest. It would appear equipped with many accessories, during night outings, lit by the glow of torches. The dancer could operate the lower part of the mask, like a jaw. A double pair of eyes also characterizes this piece. Locally pigmented granular patina of red and kaolin. 50 cm on a pedestal.
. Acquired by Guy Mercier, consultant for the Solvay group, who undertook at the beginning of the 20th century to assemble a vast collection of first art. While radiating in West and Central Africa as part of his work, and collecting in-situ works, the majority of his collection is nevertheless the result of \  

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OriginPittman USA 1964 - Mercier Belgique 1989
EthnyGuere
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood
Height47
Width31
Weight4.20 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle includedYes

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