Facial mask - Bété / Guro - Ivory Coast


The wearing of the mask in traditional African art in Ivory Coast

African mask on the front of the ball. The cap is finely chiseled on the top of the forehead. The nose is flared, small mouth ajar ajar. Trace kaolin around the eyes, mouth and forehead.

To materialize the hostile forces of the forest, they carved a type of mask that caused terror: the face, grinning face, distorted features, facial projections, horned heads, bulging forehead, tubular eyes and teeth tawny.

Formerly, this mask presided over the ceremony of peace restoration after armed conflict and participated in customary justice sessions. Authentic mask of the Daloa region.

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Presumed dating
1st half XXth century
28 x 14 cm
Expert's estimate
450 - 500 €
Ethnic group
Ivory Coast
Tribal Art Collection Italy

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