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Guéré Wé mask
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The African Guéré mask is reputedly complex both in terms of form and, often, also in terms of materials. Such is the case with this fantastic-looking anthropo-zoomorphic mask, made up of a combination of pointed, horned growths, bristling with fangs, around which resinous clusters imprison cowries, red wood powder, and clay libations. This shaggy head with its exorbitant gaze reveals scattered teeth between sheep horns. Before the 1960s, 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. If this mask was invested with a social function, as when it was required by the chief ...


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Guéré Mask
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The African art of the Wé people and its African warrior masks
Various excrescences compose this mask whose upholstery nails raise the dark patina. The forehead evokes a warrior's helmet, typical of these masks supposed to cause fear. It is mainly in the west of the Ivory Coast that the Bété use masks whose style was influenced by the society of the gla glazed populations Wobé and Guéré , group called Wé or "the men who forgive easily", itself belonging to the cultural group Krou , these traditions having been transmitted and taught to them by the Nyabwa . Height on pedestal : 42 cm.
Of warrior origin but also involved in conflict resolution, this sacred mask is worn with amulets that protect its wearer from its power against witchcraft. These masks are made ...


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Bété / Guéré Mask
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Ivory Coast mask with a zoomorphic appearance. Supposed to cause dread, it stands out thanks to side hooks and fangs on either side of metal teeth. The lower part is decorated with wooden fangs associated with plant fibres, the whole being fixed under a strip of canvas.
High on a base: 51 cm.
The Bété use masks linked to the cult of the bagnon in western Côte d'Ivoire. The style of their dance masks was influenced by the Wobé and Guéré peoples, a group referred to Wé or 'the men who readily forgive', 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 ...


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Guéré mask with a mobile jaw
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Tribal art > African mask > Guéré Mask

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 Wé 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 ...





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