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Nyabwa Bété guerrilla mask (N° 17657)

Entanglement of disparate horns for this face mask of the beté/guéré ethnic group. Real sheep horns are nailed to the wooden surface forming the face and a strip of hardened canvas conceals its base. The whole thing is coated with a dark film where kaolin pigments mingle. A mouth ajar appears between the horns. At the top, a cup woven with vegetable fibers is solidified by libations. Oyster shells form a garland at the base.
It is mainly in western Côte d'Ivoire that the Bété use masks whose style has been influenced by the society of masks gla webé and Guéré , a set referred to or men who forgive easily, 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 power from witchcraft. It is in order to strengthen its power through the exercise of customary justice that these masks are made available to the chief  

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Originex-collection Mercier
EthnyBété
Countrycôte d'ivoire
Material(s)wood, textile, coquillages, metal
Height cm35
Width37 cm
Weight3.70 Kg
Estimated dating1ère halfxx°
Socle inclusOptional

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