Tribal art > African mask > Guéré mask
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 ...