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Masque facial Kru / Grebo polychrome
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African art and the fantastic masks of Liberia
The tubular growths of golden metal indicating eyes would refer here to the expression often quoted in West Africa "four eyes", describing a person endowed with a power of divination. This sculpture features a summit panel, curved forward, the elements of which form a stylized face. The central mask is surrounded by small horns or teeth, with "talismans" pointing from clay clumps, contrasting with the indigo of the eye. Similarities with the bété war masks are notable. Tailings of kaolin, red ochre and orange soil form a beautiful patina locally abraded.
Lack at the inner bottom contour.
The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, based in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader ...

Masque facial Kru / Grebo
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Tribal art > African mask > Kru Mask

The African art of Côte d'Ivoire and its fantastic masksThe six tubular growths adorning this Mask of the Kru's plank are here associated with the expression often quoted in West Africa "four eyes", describing a person endowed with a power of divination. The narrow mouth to the fleshy lips is highlighted by horizontal streaks representing scarifications. Triangular patterns, the shape of which is repeated at the top, are enhanced by clear pigments contrasting with the bluish patina of the ensemble. The Kru are divided into twenty-four subgroups, including the Grebo, based in southern Liberia and southwestern Côte d'Ivoire. Their leader is the bodio, who lives reclusively. Unlike most people in West Africa, they are not subject to Poro society. Their masks with tubular growths are said to ...


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