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Wé / Bété mask (N° 21496)
The African art in Ivory Coast.
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This African tribal mask from the Bete/We ethnic group adopts a most fantastic appearance. Fangs highlight the contours of the face, white clay marks the bulbous eyelids.
It is mainly in the west of the Ivory Coast that the Bété employ masks whose style has been influenced by the gla mask society of the Wobé and Guéré populations, group called Wé or "men who forgive easily", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been transmitted and taught to them by the Nyabwa .
Of warlike origin but also participating in the resolution of conflicts, this sacred mask is worn accompanied by amulets that protect its wearer from its power against witchcraft. It is in order to reinforce its power through the exercise of customary justice that these masks are made available to the chief.