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Guere-Wobe make from Ivory Coast with teeth and horns; measures approximately 7" tall; please refer to photographs for condition.Bete carvers are renowned for one particular type of face mask, the gre or nyabwa , which has exaggerated, grimacing distorted features – a large protruding mouth, facial protuberances, bulging forehead, elongated nose, with nostrils sometimes extending to each side of the face, and globular or bulging slit eyes set beneath a high-domed forehead carved with a medium ridge. In earlier days, this mask presided over the ceremony held when peace was restored after armed conflicts and it participated in sessions of customary justice. This type of mask was also worn to prepare men for war; the masks offered magical protection by instilling fear and terror in potential enemies. Nowadays, it is worn for a variety of ceremonies, including entertainment dances.

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Ivory Coast Guere-Wobe Mask

Estimate $200 - $400Jun 25, 2016
320 Pantops Center
Charlottesville, VA 22911
United States
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