Tribal art > African mask > Masque Grebo
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 ...