Facial Mask - Bete Guro

African tribal mask with curved brow ending with a curved iron.
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 provoked fear: the sandstone, face grimacing, distorted features, facial projections, horned heads, bulging forehead, tubular eyes and teeth tawny.
In the past, this mask of the Bete Gouro ethnic group presided over the restorative peace ceremony after armed conflict and participated in customary justice sessions.

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Data sheet

Presumed dating
Mid XXth century
Size
35 x 18 cm
Expert's estimate
550 - 650 €
Ethnic group
Material(s)
Wood
Country
Ivory Coast
Origin
Tribal art collection France

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